April 28, 2017

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85th Texas Legislative Session
Get the latest on Sanctuary Cities, NADAC, Enhanced Patient Access to Services and Physician Dispensing! To learn more, please watch a brief video below of Justin Hudman, TPA’s Division Director of Public Affairs TPA’s legislative priorities.

You can view all of the bills on our radar here.  Remember that it is very important for TPA and you, our members, to work together to advance the pharmacy profession during this legislative session!

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National News

New NCPA Resource Tells the Real Story of PBMs…and What Can Be Done About It
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has released a new resource that documents for policymakers, patients, and the media the discrepancy between what pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) say and the actual effect they have in driving up prescription drug prices in America. It’s called The PBM Story: What They Say, What They Do, and What Can Be Done About It, and it is available now for download on the NCPA website.

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Grow Your Enhanced Services Revenue at Boot Camp, May 5-6
The Re-Engineering Your Pharmacy Boot Camp presented by NCPA’s Innovation Center, is a jam-packed two-day training on the operations of an enhanced service business. Successful pharmacy owners share streamlined workflow, staff buy-in strategies, branding and more.  Networking, training, and implementation support you need to take your pharmacy to the next level May 5-6 in the New York City metro area. Reserve your seat today!

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State News

DEA and TSBP Red Flag information
Below is the link to the Board of Pharmacy Red Flag list. Pharmacists when presented with a controlled substance prescription should use this as a reference to determine if there are any possible concerns about the validity of the prescription order


Another link from a law firm that helps pharmacies and pharmacist with DEA issues, references DEA rules and regulations along with orders issued by DEA in cases that outlines red flags that DEA has identified as not being followed by the registrant.


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Dispense as Written Guidelines for Texas Medicaid
Pharmacy staff should ensure the proper use of Dispense as Written (DAW) values when processing brand-name drugs that have a preferred status on the Texas Medicaid Preferred Drug List (PDL).  Brand name drugs that are listed as preferred on the Texas PDL do not require the prescribing provider to request brand medically necessary on the prescription with a DAW value of "1" for pharmacies to be reimbursed at the brand name price for traditional or managed care Medicaid.  To learn more, please visit https://www.txvendordrug.com/about/news/2017/04/dispense-written-guidelines-texas-medicaid.
Questions or comments may be directed via email to vdp_communication@hhsc.state.tx.us.

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Association News

Executive Director Search Update
An Update from Interim Executive Director Carol Reagan
I’m certain all of you will be as excited as I am to know that the Search Committee has finished the first phase of searching for a new Executive Director! I am pleased to tell you that the number of extremely well-qualified candidates far exceeded our expectations. The reputation of the Texas Pharmacy Association has led to a very successful nationwide search.  The next phase of our search involves phone interviews with the semi-finalists and will be conducted over the next several days.  Please keep our Search Committee in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this very serious and important process for our Association. If everything goes per plan, we will be introducing our new Executive Director at the Annual Meeting in San Antonio. I hope ALL of you plan to attend so we can give him or her a proper Texas welcome!

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April CE Free to Members
Are You Prepared for the New Recommendations for HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)?
This program will provide pharmacists an overview of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis including indications for prophylaxis, evidence for prophylaxis based on results from recent trials, and important counseling points associated with HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis.

TPA Educational Opportunities
TPA offers other education programs on a wide range of topics. For information on all of TPA’s upcoming educational events, visit the TPA Event Calendar & Online CE Calendar



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Lisa Goerlitz, CAE, Division Director,Member Services, TPA

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Carol Reagan, Interim Executive Director, TPA • 512.615.9170