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Information/Issues

The following is a listing of topics and links to information on a variety of issues of interest to pharmacies and/or pharmacists. They are listed in order of posting with date of posting indicated (most recent first).  This page does NOT include legislation specific issues. These issues are located on our PPA Legislative Issues page.   It also does not contain PPA adopted policies which can be found on our Health Policy Page.

Community Pharmacy Accreditation

The Center for Community Pharmacy Accreditation, a collaboration between the American Pharmacists Association and the National Boards of Pharmacy, released its community pharmacy accreditation standards for public comment in August 2012. In addition, a health care accreditation organization called URAC also released its community pharmacy accreditation standards for public comment in August. Though PPA recognizes the value of any effort to increases patients' quality of care, PPA does not share these organizations' belief that accreditation of community pharmacies is the appropriate method for doing so at this time and without providing incentive payments for pharmacies. PPA has been active in providing input to these efforts through formal comments in opposition to both sets of standards. PPA also has created an issue brief discussing the issue, which includes important talking points.

Compounding Practices

USP has collected, in one place, information about compounding and the role of USP standards for practitioners, patients, associations, and regulatory bodies. This includes the ability to purchase and download an electronic version of  USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations as well as other chapters. The resource page can be accessed by clicking here.

 

Eprescribing

The Surescripts website has a whole host of information on eprescribing including status in states and which vendors' software has been certified for the eprescribing of controlled substances, both physician and pharmacy.  Go to www.surescripts.com.


Implementing Electronic Prescribing/Dispensing – Q & A

Hotline for Eprescribing for Independent Pharmacies

Surescripts is initiating a new hotline dedicated to independent community pharmacies to assist them in their use of e-prescribing. It is managed by a certified, experienced pharmacy technician. Developed in conjunction with NCPA, the Independent Pharmacy Line (IPL) connects independent pharmacists directly to a live resource for help in assessing, triaging, and addressing questions or issues related to their e-prescribing experience. The IPL is not intended to replace the support pharmacists get from their pharmacy system vendor, Surescripts said. It has been set up to help address critical, urgent, or persistent issues as a supplement to pharmacy system vendor support. The IPL provides three ways to access direct assistance:

Emergency Contraception Guide For Pharmacies

A concise and comprehensive guide on EC product availability and access has been developed to serve as an easy reference to stay current on access issues and available products.  This guide is intended for use as a reference for pharmacists, as well as pharmacy or store management and staff.

 

This guide is updated as needed and can be found on the American Society for Emergency Contraception (ASEC) website.  Click here for this guide. 

 

This guide is also available in Spanish.  Click here for the Spanish version. 

as well as in a version that does not mention any specific product brands or prices.  Click here for this version of the guide.

 

This guide was developed by ASEC in collaboration with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Women's Health Practice and Research Network and  the Reproductive Health Technologies Project.

Organizations are welcome to adapt this guide to meet their needs.

 

Health Information Exchange

Medication Synchronization

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) recently responded to a memo from the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) in which PCMA stated their opposition to medication synchronization legislation. View NCPA's response to PCMA's memo here.

OSHA Compliance

Pharmacies involved in providing immunizations and other patient care activities which may involve contact with bloodborne pathogens, need to comply with OSHA Regulations pertinent to this.

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