Ned Milenkovich, PharmD, JD
This article is not intended as legal advice and should not be used as such. When legal questions arise, pharmacists should consult with attorneys familiar with the relevant drug and pharmacy laws. Ned Milenkovich is chair of the Healthcare Law practice at Much Shelist PC and vice chair of the Illinois State Board of Pharmacy. Contact him at: 312-521-2482 / [email protected]
Compounding pharmacies bring health plan lawsuit
Massachusetts' Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has instituted a policy shift excluding coverage of prescription drugs compounded for adults. Plaintiffs call this "a callous decision" and "a major blow" to the state's many patients who depend on compounded medications.
Emergency contraceptive’s curious path to OTC
Emergency contraceptive’s curious path to OTC
In June 2013, the Department of Justice under the Obama administration announced an end to its lawsuits regarding age restrictions on “Plan B One-Step” (levonorgestrel), the morning-after pill. The DOJ decided not to appeal the ruling by Judge Edward Korman of the District Court of Eastern New York.
U.S. Senate committee approves draft compounding legislation
"Compounders" and "compounding manufacturers" defined
Controlled substance disposal: DEA issues proposed rule
Hoping to further curtail diversion of controlled substances, DEA has expanded the options for their collection
Specialty Pharmacy Association of America launches
The new organization begins by defining its terms
OCR issues new HITECH regulations
OCR issues its final HITECH rule before compliance date of September 23, 2013
Update: The Continuing Professional Development initiative from ACPE
A look at what's going on with the Continuing Professional Development initiative from ACPE.
Compounding pharmacy takes an unexpected turn
From a legal and regulatory point of view, the crisis has exposed a void in the world of drug manufacturing versus compounding pharmacy to which few pay attention, although there has been significant litigation in this area even before this latest crisis.
Pharmacy cooperative settles price-fixing charges
The Federal Trade Commission recently settled with a Puerto Rican pharmacy network that was allegedly engaging in noncompetitive behavior.

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