Effective July 1, 2022, California pharmacies providing auto-refill services must:

  • have a written policy and procedure describing the auto-refill program listing medications that may be refilled through the program;
  • obtain patients’ written consent to auto-refills;
  • provide a written notice to the patient summarizing the program and on how to withdraw from the program (such written

Earlier this year, a client reported a very smooth scam. Someone called the pharmacy and represented to be a California Board of Pharmacy inspector who was investigating an anonymous complaint against the pharmacy. The so-called “inspector” asked the pharmacy to provide its account number with Cardinal, which the pharmacy staff did. The scammer then contacted

Please join me for our next Roundtable Discussions organized by the American Society of Pharmacy Law.  The topic is PBM and Drug Management Update for Commercial Plan.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 pm Central

Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) are experiencing rapid changes post-Rutledge vs. PCMA. In this roundtable, we’ll review briefly some of

Cardinal has recently agreed to pay over $13 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act for paying “upfront” discounts to physicians in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute.

As the Department of Justice (USAO) explained in its press release:

“The Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits pharmaceutical distributors from offering or paying any compensation

Starting February 9, 2022, California pharmacies must submit controlled substance dispensing to CURES through Bamboo Health. The last date to submit data through Atlantic Associates is February 8, 2022. Pharmacies must complete the registration process with Bamboo Health as soon as possible to ensure they are prepared for the switch. Register with Bamboo here.

Keeping accurate records for controlled substances often presents a challenge.  The Controlled Substances Act requires every pharmacy to maintain complete and accurate records on a current basis for each controlled substance received, sold, delivered, or otherwise disposed of.

This closed system is supposed to reduce the potential for diversion of controlled substances (“CS”).

But in

This month, the American Medical Association, American Pharmacist Association, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists issued a joint release urging prescribers and pharmacists to stop ordering, prescribing, and dispensing ivermectin to prevent or treat Covid-19 outside of clinical trials. The reason for issuing this plea is a 24-fold increase in prescribing and dispensing of ivermectin