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Friday, January 20th, 2017
March 21, 2010 was a historic day in American history, as Congress passed legislation entitled “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Two days later, President Barack Obama signed the bill into law, providing healthcare to citizens across the United States. Supporters celebrated this first major victory in a long struggle to gain some form […]

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
Over the years, many pharmacies and pharmacists have been charged with or convicted of Medicare fraud, or for fraud committed on another government program. The truth is that a pharmacy employee can commit fraud too. You may not permit the illegal practice, but if you do not have effective internal controls and compliance programs, then […]

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are the companies that work between insurance companies and pharmacies in the healthcare industry. PBMs play a large role in the world of healthcare, producing seventy percent of all medical prescriptions, which amounts to over six billion prescriptions every year. PBM companies make over 120 billion dollars a year processing prescriptions, […]

Monday, December 7th, 2015
In the past, the only place patients could go for medications was to a compounding pharmacy. The pharmacist would create a product using raw ingredients kept on the premises. This process changed in the early 20th century with the rise of pharmaceutical companies and an increased concern about safety and efficacy. Today, the vast majority […]

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
FDA inspections are not what a pharmacist expects to happen on any given day. However, these inspections can happen at just about any time. Consider if you would be prepared if an FDA inspector walked into your pharmacy tomorrow. It is important for pharmacies to understand what occurs during and after an FDA inspection. It […]

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Pharmacies in the U.S. rarely get visits from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Usually, the state authorities will handle inspections and enforcement of regulations concerning pharmacies. However, in cases of drug diversion from pharmacies, and in certain cases of “doctor shoppers” and forged prescriptions, the DEA may need to become involved. Pharmacy owners and […]

Friday, March 6th, 2015
The Compounding Quality Act (CQA) brought significant changes to compounding pharmacies in the United States. The changes made by the CQA include the introduction of a new category of compounders, outsourcing facilities, that compound sterile medications. An outsourcing facility compounds sterile drugs for use by healthcare providers or for use by individual patients. Below are […]