Kenneth R. Baker, BS Pharm, JD
These articles are not intended as legal advice and should not be used as such. When a legal question arises, the pharmacist should consult with an attorney familiar with pharmacy law in his or her state. Ken Baker is a pharmacist and an attorney. He teaches ethics at the Glendale, Arizona, campus of Midwestern University, and risk management for the University of Florida. He consults in the areas of pharmacy error reduction, communication, and risk management. Mr. Baker is an attorney of counsel with the Arizona law firm of Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA. E-mail at [email protected]
Reducing your risk: Medication errors – The value of habit
A safe workflow that's ingrained in pharmacists can do much to reduce the likelihood of drug errors.
Legal Q & A: Hiring R.Ph.s, techs: What must you check?
Must pharmacies contact their state boards of pharmacy, DEA, OIG, and other agencies to see if a prospective staff R.Ph. has a license that's in order and has not been excluded from participation in Medicare and state healthcare programs?
Legal Q & A: What responsibilities can be delegated to techs?
Regarding the practice of having pharmacy technicians call for verification/ clarification of prescriptions over illegible drug name, strength, quantity, refills, and directions, I live in Illinois and have worked for an organization that allows this. I am curious to know if the laws were being followed or violated.
Should R. Ph.s join class action lawsuits?
Q : What are the merits and drawbacks of participating in a class action lawsuit? From time to time, pharmacists are invited to take part in such activities. How should they determine whether to do this?
Legal Q&A: When PBMs don't pay due to missing Rx info
This installment deals with the problem of physicians who don't enter their DEA number on their Rxs
Ordering controlled substances across state lines
Physician questions legality of prescribing a controlled substance to a patient in another state
The risks involved in dispensing to on-line patients
What are the rules governing on-line prescriptions?
Are you at risk for poor therapeutic substitutions?
If therapeutic substitutions are based on cost, rather than efficacy, what's the liability to the pharmacist?
Should you dispense to M.D.s who self-prescribe?
What are the legal implications of dispensing to a physician who is prescribing drugs for himself or his family members?
How do you dispose of a controlled substance?
Federal and state laws must be observed in the disposal of controlled substances. Also both DEA and state board of pharmacy must be contacted.