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Stephen Cummings

The importance of regulatory compliance programs

The importance of regulatory compliance programs

In the current regulatory environment, it is imperative that a pharmacy maintain a robust regulatory compliance program in order to avoid the potentially significant legal and regulatory pitfalls. Because state boards of pharmacy act as a pharmacy’s primary regulator, the state pharmacy laws and pharmacy board rules are the regulatory requirements that pharmacy staff and

Opioid epidemic’s impact on pharmacy sector

Opioid epidemic’s impact on pharmacy sector

The United States is battling what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has labeled an epidemic of prescription drug abuse. According to CDC data, drug overdose deaths more than doubled between 2002 and 2015 (the latest year for which information is available). In 2015, drug overdose deaths exceeded 50,000 — which is more

Controversy over DIR under Medicare Part D heats up

Controversy over DIR under Medicare Part D heats up

Direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) is one component of the complex Medicare Part D payment system. In the past several months, the issue of DIR increasingly has become a source of contention between various players in the Part D program. Pharmacies, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and members of Congress have expressed