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]
Illinois appeals court upholds pharmacists right to refuse to dispense emergency contraception
An Illinois appeals court recently upheld a ruling that pharmacists are permitted to refrain from prescribing emergency contraceptives, finding that healthcare professionals are protected by an Illinois state law.
DEA settles $50 million penalty with LTC pharmacy provider
Federal agencies have fined an LTC provider $50 million for improperly dispensing controlled substances.
Controlled substances: Progress in technology and e-prescribing
DEA published its interim final rule on e-prescribing for controlled substances (EPCS) more than two years ago. While vendors work toward compliance, nationwide deployment of EPCS can only occur once both state and federal laws are aligned in all jurisdictions.
OIG accuses more than 2,600 pharmacies of questionable billing practices
The Office of Inspector General has issued a report implicating more than 2,600 pharmacies in Medicare Part D fraud
NABP deploys PMP InterConnect
NABP has launched an initiative to transfer prescription monitoring program information across state lines
Community pharmacies sue CMS to stop "preferred networks"
Four pharmacies have sued HHS and CMS to halt what they call a violation of federal Medicare Part D statute.
CMS pushes for independence of consulting pharmacists
CMS's proposed regulation for long-term care consultant pharmacists is stirring up controversy.
Ohio's "CAT" law might be beneficial for out-of-state businesses
The Ohio commercial activity tax law ("CAT") is an annual tax on the privilege of doing business in Ohio.
U.S. government starts privacy audits
In most cases, a pharmacy is, by definition, a HIPAA-covered entity, so it is subject to a possible audit by the federal government. Here's what you can do to prepare–just in case.
Rehabilitating the impaired pharmacist
Substance abuse is an issue that is often publicized but not fully appreciated.