May 5, 2017

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85th Texas Legislative Session
Get the latest on Physician Dispensing, NADAC, PBM Legislation and Medicaid Formulary! 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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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

https://www.pharmacy.texas.gov/files_pdf/You_might_be_a_pill_mill_if.pdf

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.

http://deachronicles.quarles.com/2013/08/a-pharmacists-obligation-corresponding-responsibility-and-red-flags-of-diversion/

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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

New Marketing & Communications Staff
Please welcomeiLarrisiWright to the TPA Staff! Larrisihas more than 15 years of experience as Marketing and Communications professional for small, large businesses and organizations.  He was the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Texas Restaurant Association and is “happy to be back in familiar territory” at the TPA. In his spare time, he enjoys sharing experiences with his teenage daughters and “getting his dance on” to any music he hears including ring tones. “I feel extremely grateful to be a part of the TPA team and I’m looking forward to being an invaluable contributing member to our  awesome organization.”

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Monthly 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



 

 

Texas Pharmacy Today
Editor
Lisa Goerlitz, CAE, Division Director,Member Services, TPA
512.615-9169lgoerlitz@texaspharmacy.org

Texas Pharmacy Association
Carol Reagan, Interim Executive Director, TPA • 512.615.9170