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Reminder - CMS Proposed DIR Rule Comments Due January 16
Jan 12, 2018
As a reminder to all IPC stores, you have until the close of business Tuesday, January 16, 2018 to submit your comments to The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) supporting its proposed rule that ends the retroactive DIR fees by requiring the PBMs to apply all pharmacy price concessions, including DIR fees, to the price of the drug at the point of sale.
CMS Proposed Rule Comments Due January 16: Any Willing Provider and DIR Provisions Addressed
Nov 20, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that includes a number of changes that, if finalized, will ensure that Part D Medicare enrollees have access to more affordable prescription drugs and more robust prescription drug coverage at the pharmacy they prefer. The rule also gives health plans a new tool to combat the opioid crisis.
Amazon to Announce Pharmaceutical Supply Intentions
Nov 17, 2017
Though Amazon’s pharmacy involvement could presumably disrupt both business-to-business and business-to-consumer sectors of the pharmaceutical supply chain, it is most likely to initially enter into the medical device or cash prescription business. It was disclosed this week that in at least two of the states that Amazon had applied for wholesale drug/device distribution licenses that the company didn’t intend on selling prescription drugs.
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IPC Florida Members: Contact Florida Senate Health Policy Committee Members on Key Pharmacy Bills Scheduled for Action
Feb 06, 2018
Pharmacy’s Voice Needs To Be Heard To Gain Committee Approval on Two Pro-Independent Pharmacy Bills and Stop a Pro-PBM Mail Order Bill. IPC is working with the Florida Independent Pharmacy Network & other Florida pharmacy organizations to get grassroots actions to spur the Florida Legislature in the 2018 session to enact pro-pharmacy bills.
IPC Texas Members: DWC Propose Changes to Require Prior Authorization on all Compounded Medications
Jan 30, 2018
The Department of Workers' Comp (DWC) came out with new proposed rules on compounded medications last week. The proposed rules change the definition of the closed formulary to exclude any prescription drug created through compounding, and to require preauthorization for all prescription drugs created through compounding. If adopted, these amendments become effective July 1, 2018.
IPC California Members: State of Emergency in Napa, Sonoma, and Yuba Counties Due to the Effects of Multiple Fires
Oct 18, 2017
Under a state of emergency declared by Gov. Edmund G. Brown due to multiple fires in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba Counties (https://www.gov.ca.gov/home.php), the California State Board of Pharmacy reminds pharmacists and pharmacies about pharmacy law provisions that can be of assistance in caring for patients displaced by the emergency relocations.
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