Magazine article Drug Topics

Sooner or Later

Magazine article Drug Topics

Sooner or Later

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An Oklahoma state pharmacy board inquiry provoked by an Oklahoma City TV station's report on R.Ph.s' failure to offer counseling has petered out, but pharmades in the state can expect more undercover scrutiny The hidden-camera probe purported to prove that six out of 10 local pharmacies visited did not offer to counsel a Medicaid patient with an Rx for Coumadin (warfarin, DuPont Merck). Gov. Frank Keating called on the board to investigate. The station refused to cooperate and said it had destroyed the videotapes. The board found that the patient did not present his Medicaid card with the Rx, as required. (It's up to the R.Ph.'s discretion to offer to counsel nonMedicaid patients.) The board sent letters reminding pharmacies of their OBRA '90 duties and executive director Bryan Potter said some undercover "shopping" trips by board inspectors can be expected.

Plant power

With funding from Upsher-Smith, the Minnesota Pharmacists Association is establishing a resource center to be stocked with evidencebased information on herbals and dietary supplements. At first, it will be for R.Ph.s to use at MPhA headquarters in Roseville. If the group snares more grant money, it plans to produce and distribute a herbal resource file and perhaps come up with a herbal certificate program.

Read my lips

Wisconsin R.Ph.s thought they had a pledge last year from Gov. Tommy Thompson not to touch pharmacy reimbursements in his 19992001 budget. Imagine their dismay when the budget had penciled into it an $18 million Medicaid reduction, and the health department proposed getting there by slashing AWP minus 10% plus a $4. …

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