Disposal of Controlled Substances

Posted Sept. 29, 2014

From California Pharmacists Association Rx Alert

 

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) released regulations to implement the existing Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 by expanding options available for collecting controlled substances for the purpose of disposal. These regulations will allow manufacturers, distributors, reverse distributors, narcotic treatment programs (NTPs), hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy, and community pharmacies to administer mail-back programs and maintain collection receptacles. Participation is voluntary. The rule also expands the authority of authorized community pharmacies to voluntarily maintain collection receptacles at long-term care facilities.

 
Dave's Corner

Posted Sept. 18, 2014

David Mayper Executive Director PFOA

As we wind up the third quarter of 2014, PFOA continues to have a busy year. Following ABC’s ThoughtSpot in August, I headed to St. Louis to participate in a meeting with Don Schreiber and Larry McIntosh covering some PBM opportunities. While in St Louis I also met with an insurance group to potentially develop program offerings for our members.

 

The vendor committee met twice this month to cover some vendor opportunities. We will post information about these newly approved vendors as it becomes available.

 

Legislation on behalf of franchisees in California has been very actively moving forward. The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) has provided our members in California material and appropriate direction to stay involved.

 

We held a board phone conference and Webcast covering a large number of subjects. Financial Highlights show we are essentially bottom line on target for our members while delivering more rebate dollars and benefits than budgeted.

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The NABP and The Anti-Diversion Industry Working Group

Posted Sept. 10, 2014

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) and the Anti-Diversion Industry Working Group (ADIWG), a consortium of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, created an educational video for pharmacists to help them identify the warning signs of prescription drug abuse and diversion when dispensing controlled substance prescriptions. The video, entitled, "Red Flags," was released at the NABP 110th Annual Meeting. Click the link to see the video.

http://youtu.be/WY9BDgcdxaM

 
PFOA Rebates Now Available Through EFT

EFT DIRECT DEPOSIT PFOA  BANK LOGO GIFIn July, PFOA began processing monthly rebates through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) directly to members’ bank accounts. Currently, there are 26 members taking advantage of this free service. Enrolled members have reported that they are receiving their rebates within one day and all is going smoothly. Members also receive a confirmation of each transfer and a letter detailing the transaction.

 

Inside Sales and Service Representative, Jamie Wilbanks has been calling PFOA members to inform them that EFT for rebates is available and inviting them to enroll.

 

If you want to receive your rebates faster and save trips to the bank, please contact Jamie at 888-406-7467 or Nancy Coibion at 314-843-5977 for information.

 
Dave's Corner

Posted Aug. 19, 2014

David Mayper Executive Director PFOA

In July, Cardinal held their Retail Business Conference in Washington DC., AmerisourceBergen held their Thoughtspot in Las Vegas, and McKesson held their Ideashare in Orlando. Many of our members attended these shows. It was good to see many of our members as I personally attended the Cardinal and ABC meetings. PFOA events were held at both of these meetings for our members. Representation from PFOA’s Staff attended the Cardinal and ABC meetings. All were packed with good information. Our staff has already been analyzing the events attended and are putting together plans for next year based on observations.

 

Our PBM, ChoiceRx Solutions had a board meeting in July at the Las Vegas site of the ABC meeting. Don Schreiber, Larry McIntosh and I attended this meeting as board members. We took a hard look at what we are doing and accomplishing. More involvement and marketing will be needed to bring the program along and we will be working on bringing solutions to these areas.

 

Ann Benyo began work with us as our Northeast Sales Consultant on June 30th and trained for a considerable part of the month of July. Ann has been out in her territory beginning her introductions to members and creating leads for new membership. She has already proven to be a valuable addition to the staff. Nancy Tataronis is settling in as a consultant to help us with our vendor relations along with her other areas. Jamie Wilbanks continues to call all our members and talk about PUNCH and signing up for rebates via EFT. While July marks the first successful rebates sent via EFT we now have 16 member stores signed up and will be issuing their rebates via EFT.

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