Entries by Sara Hathaway, PharmD

FDA Issues Updates to iPLEDGE® REMS Program

Isotretinoin capsules are FDA approved for the treatment of severe recalcitrant nodular acne in non-pregnant patients 12 years of age and older with multiple inflammatory nodules with a diameter of 5 mm or greater. Due to the risk of severe life-threatening birth defects and risk of embryo-fetal toxicity, isotretinoin is only available under the iPLEDGE® Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program.

Law Enforcement Access to Protected Health Information – What’s Your Policy?

Understanding and adhering to the HIPAA Privacy Rule is required for covered entities who handle protected health information (PHI), but because the Privacy Rule was designed to be flexible, implementation of policies and procedures to meet the Privacy Rules can vary from covered entity to covered entity.

Staying Compliant with House Charge Accounts

BMs require pharmacies to collect patient copayments in full and any deviation from that practice may be considered fraudulent behavior, with limited exceptions.

Avoid the Creon® Chargeback Catastrophe by Following THIS Billing Rule

Creon® is indicated for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency due to cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatectomy, or other conditions. Claims for these pancreatic enzymes find themselves on audits year after year, and the audit risk has just increased as …

Potential HIPAA Violations Lead to $1.3 Million Settlement

According to a September 11, 2023 news release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), “L.A. Care, the largest publicly operated health plan in the country paid $1,300,000 to settle” potential HIPAA Security Rule violations.

Recent DEA Rule Change – Transferring Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances for Initial Fill

The DEA published a couple rule changes recently which pharmacies need to be aware of. In the September 2023 Newsline, the updated rule regarding partial fills for controlled substances was discussed. The other recent change published in the Federal Register was titled, Transfer of Electronic Prescription for Schedules II-V Controlled Substances Between Pharmacies for Initial Filling.