In the most recent Script newsletter, the California State Board of Pharmacy explained that it received multiple complaints and observed practices where non-pharmacist staff were initiating the immunization process. It reminded that the authority to independently initiate and administer a vaccination extends only to pharmacists.  The Board strongly encouraged pharmacies, designated pharmacists-in-charge, and pharmacists to

Every healthcare provider has at least one problematic patient who demands extra attention. Some of these patients continue to cause troubles even after they are “discharged.” A recent case coming from Utah illustrates this.

Ms. Reynolds was a regular customer of Kent’s Market pharmacy. On many occasions, she complained to the pharmacy staff about the

Last week, California pharmacies filed a legal action against OptumRx alleging patient steering and violations of California law by paying low reimbursement rates.

Independent pharmacies allege that OptumRx is paying them substantially less than to chain pharmacies and Optum’s mail-order pharmacy for the same prescriptions. Pharmacies also complain that OptumRx reimburses them below acquisition cost.

Since the inception of the 340b program, drug manufacturers have been attempting to curtail it to avoid offering discounts or to prevent double discounts (which occurs when a 340b drug is billed to a Medicaid program). This year, however, there were multiple coordinated attempts by manufacturers to exit the program. For example:

  • AstraZeneca will stop

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued an amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREPA) allowing pharmacies to perform vaccination to children ages three through 18 as per ACIP’s standard immunization schedule.

In July, 2020, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a survey to assess the

This month, President Trump signed an executive order mandating that certain drugs and medical supplies purchased by federal agencies are U.S.-manufactured. The objective of the order is to reduce our dependence on foreign manufacturers for “Essential Medicines, Medical Countermeasures, and Critical Inputs” to ensure sufficient and reliable long-term domestic production of these products. The order

Recently, we have seen many cases filed by whistleblowers against pharmacies for not properly reporting their Usual-and-Customary Drug Prices (U&C). The cases are usually filed under the False Claims Act (FCA) for manipulating U&C to receive greater reimbursements from government payors.

First of all, what is U&C? There is no uniform definition. Instead, third-party payor

Due to low reimbursement rates, many pharmacies are struggling to maintain their profit margins. Some turn to specialty medications, some convert into veterinary pharmacies, and some close their doors to retail patients and start working with long-term care facilities. And there is a category of pharmacies that step into the murky waters of adjusting patient

While this is not a new case, nevertheless it must be revisited to remind the importance of verifying all licensure, credentials, and records of pharmacy employees. This straightforward and easy step could potentially save pharmacies millions of dollars, as this case and many enforcement actions illustrate.

Earlier this year, Walgreens agreed to pay $7.5 million

Facts: Jan Tyler was regularly filling his scripts for several controlled substances at a local Walgreens pharmacy. Due to heat exposure at work, Jan succumbed to an increased level of fentanyl. During the proceedings, his estate established that the cause of death was acute Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and Alprazolam intoxication. Therefore, the question became: had