Nearly 150 State Provider Status Bills in 2019

As of June 10, 147 state provider status-related bills have been introduced in 39 states in the 2019 session. NASPA identifies “state provider status-related bills” as those that pertain to pharmacist scope of practice, payment for pharmacist-provided patient care services, and the designation of pharmacists as providers. Of the three categories, scope of practice is […]

Pharmacists Save Lives When Given Authority to Directly Dispense Naloxone

A summary published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Journal Watch concluded that laws that allow pharmacists to directly dispense naloxone may reduce fatal opioid overdoses.  The summary cited a recent study examining fatal and nonfatal overdoses in all 50 states and D.C. after the implementation of three types of access laws: direct authority, […]

CDC Releases “Dear Provider” Letter to Clarify Measles Recommendations

The CDC released a new “Dear Provider” letter this month to clarify adult MMR recommendations and immunity questions.  In the letter, the CDC states: Providers do not need to actively screen adult patients for measles immunity.  This is because of high population immunity and low risk of disease among adults in non-outbreak areas in the […]

DEA Reports April’s Take Back Day Set Record

The DEA has reported the 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day had its highest-ever partner participation.  DEA and its law enforcement partners report that April’s Take Back Day collected almost 469 tons of unwanted drugs at nearly 6,400 collection sites.  This collection brings the total collected amount of unused or expired prescription medications to […]

Federal Drug Trafficking Charges Filed Against Rochester Drug Cooperative And Two Executives

A pharmaceutical distributor is facing federal drug trafficking charges over the opioid crisis for the first time.  Federal prosecutors have charged Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC) and two former executives with “conspiring to distribute and defrauding the government.”  RDC, the sixth-largest drug distributor in the nation, has agreed to pay a $20 million fine to settle […]