May 12, 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.

All House Bills that were not heard last night on second reading are now officially dead! On May 23rd it will be the Senate Bills turn to get out of the House before the midnight deadline!


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

ICYMI: 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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Texas Skimps on Zika Testing Info
SAN DIEGO -- Information about Zika testing for providers and patients was available on only a small portion of county health department sites in Texas, researchers reported here.
Information for providers about how to test patients for Zika was available on less than 10% of Texas' public health region Web sites, but only 3.1% of the 254 Texas county health department Web sites and 5.0% of the 39 metropolitan state health department Web sites, reported Adebayo Adesomo of UT Health San Antonio, and colleagues. More

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Association News


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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
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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