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Virginia PMP - July Updates

Pursuant to new legislation effective July 1, 2018, the Virginia Department of Health Professions prescription monitoring program (VA PMP) will now monitor the prescribing and dispensing of Schedule V drugs and naloxone.

Can Main Street Save Washington − and Vice-Versa?

Can Main Street Save Washington − and Vice-Versa?

NCPA Past President Sal D’Angelo was credited with the expression, “Get into politics or get out of pharmacy.” That was nearly 50 years ago when the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) held its first legislative conference − one of the first such events in the profession. Even though times have changed, the importance of that message for pharmacy owners has not.

South Carolina Opioid Executive Orders

On December 18, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued two executive orders regarding the opioid epidemic. As one result, by March 1, the organization that provides insurance for the state’s public employees will voluntarily adopt a five-day limitation on initial opioid prescriptions for acute and post-operative needs.

Ohio PDMP – 4.2A Reporting Requirement

As of Friday, December 29, 2017, prescribers in Ohio must include the first four alphanumeric characters (e.g., M16.5) of the diagnosis code (ICD-10), or the full procedure code (Current Dental Terminology - CDT), on all opioid prescriptions, which will then be entered by pharmacies into OARRS (Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System).

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