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Pennsylvania Department of Health Naloxone Standing Order for Overdose Prevention

          Letter From Physician General


Pennsylvania Department of Health - Pharmacy Medication Drug Take-Back Program Expansion

This letter from Secretary Gary Tennis outlines how pharmacists can fight the opioid epidemic by encouraging people to get rid of unwanted or unused prescription medications.


Pennsylvania Department of Health - Opioid Abuse Information

This page includes a host of resources of naloxone.


Act 31 - Child Abuse Reporting Requirements

Beginning January 31, 2015 - all applicants for a new/initial PA pharmacist license (includes intern license), (as well as all healthcare license) are required to complete a three hour training around child abuse and reporting requirements. 


Please click here to access a free course that has been approved by the PA Department of Human Services and Department of State to meet mandated reporting (Act 31) license requirements.


Renewals will also need to fulfill a two hour training program prior to next license renewal (9/30/2018)  

A list of courses available and providers is available by clicking here.  These courses are all approved and will count.

Click here for more information


Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania has passed legislation authorizing the use of certain forms of marijuana for the treatment of certain disease states.  The PA Dept of Health is charged with developing enabling regulations.  PPA's attorney, Steven Grubb, of Goldberg Katzman has authored an article about the law.

Click here to access his report.


Another resource for information on medical cannabis.

Click here for this link.


Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released the Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities Final Rule in May of this year.  Most of the provisions of this rule go into effect Monday, July 18, 2016.


Key requirements affecting pharmacies include:

  1. Designation of responsible employees
  2. Adoption of grievance procedures
  3. File assurance of compliance form when applying for federal funding
  4. Training
  5. Notices of nondiscrimination and taglines
  6. Meaningful access for individuals with limited English proficiency
  7. Meaningful access for individuals with disability
  8. Accessible electronic and information technology programs or activities for individuals with disabilities
  9. Reasonable modifications to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability

For more information and tips on how to comply, please see this resource from the American Pharmacists Association. 

Click here for this resource. 


DIR Fees

NCPA has put together a resource page that explains more about DIR fees and how independents can cope with this.

Please access this information by clicking here.

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