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Texas Supreme Court Holds That Compounding Pharmacies are Protected Under the Texas Medical Liability Act

In the case Randol Mill Pharmacy v. Miller, the Texas Supreme Court held on April 24, 2015 that a compounding pharmacy was a health care provider, and the act of providing a compounded medication for office use was a health care liability claim with protections under the Texas Medical Liability Act ("TMLA"). The plaintiff in the case suffered an adverse reaction that left her blind after her physician administered intravenous...

Department of Defense and Other Agencies Launch In Depth Investigations of Compounding Pharmacies over TRICARE Claim

In addition to recent changes relating to network contracting, reimbursement, and coverage for compound medications for TRICARE beneficiaries, the Department of Defense (DOD) has recently launched a large-scale initiative to conduct investigations of compounding pharmacies. For several months, the DOD, Department of Justice, the FBI, and other Federal agencies have been conducting civil and criminal investigations of various pharmacies and compound marketing companies relating to TRICARE billing and marketing practices....

Pharmacists – Can You Be Held Accountable For Over-Dispensing Pain Medicine?

Proper management of pain is a high priority in the United States. According to a recent Institute of Medicine Report on Pain, 100 million Americans suffer from pain, and treatment of pain costs the United States more than half a trillion dollars per year. Pain is one of the most common reasons people consult a physician, yet it frequently is inappropriately treated. In the last several years, health-policymakers, health professionals,...