Doctor, patient frustration over pain med access leads to pharmacy rule change

The Florida Board of Pharmacy recently approved a rule change designed to help patients get the pain medications they need. The rule, which grew out of claims from frustrated patients and their physicians, is aimed at training pharmacists to change the way they look at prescribing controlled substances – from one of finding reasons to […]

Medicare Part D fraud fastest growing component of program

When the Department of Justice earlier this month announced the arrest of 243 people for Medicare fraud, it noted that 50 of the defendants were charged with crimes related to the Medicare prescription drug benefit program known as Part D. Prescription drug fraud has become the fastest-growing component of the Medicare program overall, and is […]

Compounding Pharmacies Face Increased Scrutiny

Earlier this month, federal authorities seized more than $18 million from the owners of the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy that was at the center of a meningitis outbreak in 2012 that killed 64 people across the country. It was just the latest in a string of federal government crackdowns on the now-shuttered New England Compounding Center […]

Stricter Standards for Compounding Facilities Take Effect

On Oct. 1, a new and stricter law relating to Florida’s compounding industry took effect. The law adds restrictions for compounding pharmacies and outsourcing facilities that ship medications to Florida. It also provides Florida’s Board of Pharmacy and Department of Health with additional oversight and power to penalize these companies, including the authority to inspect […]

DEA inspections: Know your rights

Anyone who prescribes, administers, or dispenses controlled substances must be registered with the DEA. This includes manufacturers as well as doctors, hospitals and pharmacies. The DEA is responsible for keeping track of what controlled substances are ordered and dispensed through its ARCOS database – an automated, drug reporting system that monitors the flow of controlled […]

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