In a recent trend, pharmacies have begun receiving notices of termination not for billing errors or audit findings, but for claims inactivity. Specifically, several Pharmacy Benefit Managers, or PBMs, have been terminating pharmacies solely because... Read More
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Many pharmacies are faced with PBM audits resulting in final audit finding recoupments which can range from very large to very small dollar amounts. Many times, when the recoupment is smaller in sum, pharmacies may be inclined to forgo contesting... Read More
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The last few years have brought on a slew of litigation aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic. Most recently, however, a complaint has been lodged against the United States, which has great potential to shape future litigation. Specifically, on... Read More
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The Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Government”) and Bartell Drug, Inc. (“Bartell”), a Washington State pharmacy chain of approximately 70 pharmacies, recently reached a civil settlement in which Bartell agreed to pay a fine... Read More
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The Office of the Inspector General for Health and Human Services (OIG) issued a comprehensive review of the effectiveness of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for certain opioid-based drugs.... Read More
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If your pharmacy has been vandalized or looted in the recent riots that have affected many cities and towns across the country, depending on the issue, there may be a number of notifications that the pharmacy is required to make as it relates to the... Read More
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On April 30, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new guidance relaxing certain requirements under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) for COVID-19 related drug products.  In the guidance, FDA explained that under the DSCSA... Read More
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2-iGKlATyU&feature=youtu.be In these trying times many pharmacies and medical practices are facing some degree of temporary shutdowns. Co-Founding Partner Jonathan Levitt, Esq. and our Managing Partner of our... Read More
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In May 2019, Oklahoma passed the Patient Right to Pharmacy Care Act ("Act"). The Act takes aim at unfair pharmacy benefit manager (“PBM”) practices by expanding network access for independent pharmacies, prohibiting PBMs from requiring patients... Read More
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In an effort to facilitate continuity of patient care and to respond appropriately to the circumstances that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) has recently announced three exceptions to DEA... Read More
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