Legal News

HHS Permits Pharmacists to Order and Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

September 09, 2020

State-licensed pharmacists and pharmacy interns will be able to order and administer coronavirus disease 2019 vaccines under certain conditions.

NCPA Urges Investigation of Mail Order Prescription Plans After USPS Delays

August 28, 2020

In the letter, NCPA stated that investigations should probe problems associated with mail order prescription plans.

NACDS Urges Further State Action to Affirm Pharmacist-Administered Childhood Vaccinations

August 27, 2020

NACDS is urging states to provide clarity on pharmacist-provided childhood vaccinations, and enhance overall patient access to vaccines.

Pharmacy Groups Voice Support for Pharmacist-Provided Childhood Vaccines After AAP Opposition

August 24, 2020

Twelve pharmacy organization issued a joint statement in response to the expansion of the pharmacist's role in providing vaccines to children.

All Pharmacists Now Authorized to Administer Childhood Vaccines

August 19, 2020

HHS authorized all state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer childhood vaccinations amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

NACDS to CMS: Fix Pharmacy Reimbursement Rate Calculations for Drug Discount Cards

August 14, 2020

NACDS is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to change how pharmacy reimbursement rates are calculated for drug discount cards.

Coalition of Health Groups Push for Pharmacist Provider Status

August 07, 2020

In an open letter, several health organizations urged the Trump Administration and Congress to recognize pharmacists as medical providers.

New Hampshire Passes Bill Allowing Pharmacist-Provided COVID-19 Vaccinations

August 03, 2020

The state joins New York and Minnesota in providing COVID-19 vaccination access through pharmacy.

Boston Study Finds Discrimination Against Patients with Substance Use Disorder

July 24, 2020

Eighty-one percent of opioid abuse referrals to post-acute care facilities in Massachusetts were rejected, investigators found.

NCPA Letter to Trump Urges for DIR Reform to Lower Drug Prices

July 23, 2020

In a letter to President Trump, NCPA CEO explained that failure to implement sweeping DIR fee reform would be detrimental to independent community pharmacies and their patients.

NACDS Discusses NY Law Allowing Pharmacy-Provided COVID-19 Vaccinations

July 22, 2020

Kathleen Jaeger, NACDS senior vice president of pharmacy care and patient advocacy, offers key insights on a recent NY law that allows pharmacists to administer a COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available.

American Telemedicine Association Pressures Congress to Keep New Telehealth Measures Post-Pandemic

June 23, 2020

“Telehealth has kept the entire health care system afloat and has enabled patients to continue to receive care,” the American Telemedicine Association’s president said in a testimony.

How to Engage With Elected Officials When You Can't Meet Face to Face

June 22, 2020

Until social distancing measures are phased out, store owners who want to make a difference in independent pharmacy can and should leverage technology to connect with legislators virtually.

Pharmacy Groups Praise New York COVID-19 Pharmacist Vaccination Law

June 18, 2020

New legislation authorizes licensed New York pharmacists to administer a vaccine for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) when it becomes available.

HHS Overrides State Barriers to Pharmacist-Provided COVID-19 Testing

May 20, 2020

A new guidance from the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) paves the way for pharmacists nationwide to administer coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests.

Amid COVID-19, Bipartisan Letter Calls for Pharmacy DIR Reform As Part of Relief

April 27, 2020

115 members of the House have come out in support of eliminating DIR fees in future coronavirus relief packages.

Pharmacy Chains Counter Allegations in Federal Opioid Lawsuit

January 09, 2020

In a new lawsuit, CVS, Walgreen, Rite Aid, and other major pharmacy chains said that they are not to blame in federal opioid litigation

Legislation Addressing DIR Fees Moves Ahead

December 10, 2019

Legislation aimed to do away with unfair direct and indirect renumeration (DIR) fees is moving forward.

Are You Ready for Pharmacy Inspection?

November 15, 2019

A checklist of what you need to be prepared for a Board of Pharmcacy inspection.