Monthly Archive for August, 2008

Reminder for Pharmacists Regarding Tamper Resistant Prescription Pads

Starting on October 1, 2008, in order for Medicaid outpatient drugs to be reimbursable by the federal government, all written, non-electronic prescriptions must contain at least three tamper-resistant features, one from each of the three baseline characteristics outlined in guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 17, 2007 in a letter to State Medicaid Directors. This is the second and final phase of implementation of the tamper resistant prescription policy. Pharmacies will be required to verify that the Medicaid prescriptions they fill are in compliance with the State and Federal requirements.

Although CMS has outlined three baseline characteristics of tamper-resistant prescriptions, each State will define which features it will require to meet those characteristics in order to be considered tamper-resistant. The baseline characteristics must: (1) prevent unauthorized copying of a completed or blank prescription form; (2) prevent the erasure or modification of information written on the prescription by the prescriber; or (3) prevent the use of counterfeit prescription forms. As of April 1, 2008, States were to require that impacted prescriptions contain at least one of these baseline requirements. By October 1, 2008, States must require that impacted prescriptions contain all three characteristics in order to be considered tamper-resistant.

In addition, you can find additional information on this provision at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/DeficitReductionAct/30_GovtInfo.asp#TopOfPage. Please note the new information with respect to computer-generated prescriptions in the Frequently Asked Questions.

PhRMA Revised Marketing Code Reinforces Commitment To Responsible Interactions With Healthcare Professionals

PhRMA Revised Marketing Code Reinforces Commitment
To Responsible Interactions With Healthcare Professionals

Washington, D.C. (July 10, 2008) — Reflecting the continuing commitment of America’s pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies to pursue policies and practices that best serve the needs of patients and the healthcare community, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Board of Directors has adopted measures to enhance the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals.

The newly revised PhRMA Code, which builds on improvements already made in the previous 2002 version, is part of an ongoing effort to ensure that pharmaceutical marketing practices comply with the highest ethical standards.
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SWMPA Supported Live Seminar

Understanding Personality Disorders
SWMPA Supported Live Seminar

8:15AM to 4:00PM
Bring Your Own Lunch
Thursday, October 16th, 2008
Holiday Inn West
2747 South 11th St
Oshtemo, MI


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6 CEU for Pharmacists and Nurses

Registration fee: $75.00
To Register, call 1-866-992-9399

For more information call William Urfer (269)381-2256 or email william@swmpa.org

Sponsored by IBP.

Hormones, Heart Health, & The Brain

Hormones, Heart Health, & The Brain
Live Pharmacy/Nursing Seminar

Dr. Penni Hicks
Thursday September 11th 2008
8:30am to 3:30pm
Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University
Free Parking
Bring your own lunchking and bring your lunch
6 CEU

To RSVP please phone 800-937-6878 to register. Registration fee is $82.00.
For questions call 381-2256 or e-mail William Urfer.

Sponsored by INR