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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.
Senator Durbin to Introduce Bill that Will Require Drug Price Transparency in Advertising
Nov 16, 2017
U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today previewed new legislation that will empower patients and promote transparency by requiring the pharmaceutical industry to provide more information about the cost of drugs in their advertisements.
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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.
IPC California Members: Distributors of Nonprescription Diabetes Test Devices Posted Online
Aug 21, 2017
As required by AB 602 (Bonta, Chapter 139, Statutes of 2017), a list of names of authorized distributors of nonprescription diabetes test devices is now posted on the California State Board of Pharmacy website.
IPC Pennsylvania Members: Urge Your State House Representative to Support HB 1595
Jul 07, 2017
IPC has been working closely with other Pennsylvania pharmacy industry stakeholders, including the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA), to monitor Pennsylvania Medicaid's development of a new federally mandated fee-for-service (FFS) prescription reimbursement formula designed to reflect transparent "true cost" to provide Medicaid patients with access to their prescription drug benefit.
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