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TPA Talks 'Corresponding Responsibility' with TMA

Wednesday, October 31, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian Sparks
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This week Texas Pharmacy Association CEO Debbie Garza spoke with a reporter from the Texas Medical Association's magazine about recent concerns among Texas physicians regarding pharmacists limiting opioid quantities, the use of red-flag indicators in determining whether a prescription is legitimate, and asking for medical records, diagnosis, or treatment plans prior to filling a prescription.The interview was an opportunity to educate physicians about pharmacists' legal obligations.

Opioid issues are extremely complex and require collaboration among all stakeholders, but one of the least understood aspects of this collaboration is the “corresponding responsibility” that federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulations place on pharmacists to assess whether prescriptions for controlled substances are written for a legitimate medical purpose. Clarity on this issue can help keep all professionals aligned in the important work and shared objective of preventing drug abuse while assuring accessible and quality patient care.

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