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.
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.
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
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.
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.