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.
New App to Keep Track of C2s
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”).
Business of Pharmacy Podcast
I am excited to share with you Mike Koelzer’s podcast, in which we discuss pharmacy audits and investigations. We had a very engaging conversation on the pharmacy industry, DEA investigations, and even some psychology (!).
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Enjoy during your commute (it’s over an hour)!
Risks of dispensing ivermectin
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…
Dangers of misclassifying pharmacy claims when working with facilities: Part D or Part A?
In my last post, I covered a recent settlement of $2.75 mil where an LTC pharmacy – AlixaRx – was allegedly improperly filling “emergency” scripts for LTC patients. A part of this settlement also included an allegation that AlixaRx billed Medicare Part D for claims that had already been reimbursed through claims paid to long-term…
An LTC pharmacy pays $2.75 mil for dispensing “emergency” prescriptions
A national LTC pharmacy – AlixaRx – agreed to pay federal government $2.75 mil to resolve allegations that it improperly dispensed controlled substances at long-term care (LTC) facilities. AlixaRx dispensed prescriptions drugs to LTC patients primary through its on-site automatic dispensing units (ADU). According to the complaint, the pharmacy violated the federal Controlled Substances Act…
Working conditions and medication errors
About eight years ago, I represented Pharmacists Planning Services Inc (“PPSI”) (led by the late Fred Mayer) in front of the Board of Pharmacy regarding medication errors and working conditions of the pharmacists.
Fred was advocating for the reduction of errors due to difficult working conditions of the pharmacists employed by chain drug stores.…
Remote Data Entry – is it allowed in California?
In March 2020, the California State Board of Pharmacy issued a “Remote Processing” waiver, which is still in effect today (with some modifications). For the purpose of the waiver – as the Board explained – “remote processing” means the entering of an order or prescription into a computer from outside of the pharmacy or hospital…
A recent court victory for pharmacies
I often say that pharmacies that bring legal actions against PBMs do not have a good precedent to rely on. Things might be changing soon with a recent California case holding that Optum’s provider agreement is unconscionable and thus unenforceable (specifically, its arbitration clause).
The court noted that the search for the true meaning of…
Transition to Medi-Cal Rx is postponed
The announced Medi-Cal Rx implementation date, which was initially set for April 1, 2021, is postponed. (See a related Blog Post).
Magellan Haelth, Inc – a PBM that will administer the program – is in the process of being acquired by Centene Corporation. Centene operates managed care plans and pharmacies that participate in the…