National Precursor Log Exchange Discussed at MPhA Meeting
Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is supporting legislation to mandate electronic tracking of pseudoephedrine (PSE) sales and supports the use of National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) by pharmacies. Representatives of the effort spoke to MPhA leaders last week during the Community Pharmacy Business Coalition meeting.
NPLEx is a multi-state electronic logbook of PSE sales. It monitors all nonprescription PSE purchases in states that have adopted NPLEx in real time. This should help prevent people from exceeding legal limits of PSE by making purchases from multiple stores. It also tracks purchases among all participating states so people in search of PSE above the legal limits would be identified across state borders.
CHPA does not support measures that would further limit consumers’ access to PSE products such as limiting PSE sales to pharmacies and making PSE prescription-only. They support current federal and state PSE sales restrictions. CHPA represents manufacturers and distributors of nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements. NPLEx is funded by the manufacturers of medicines containing PSE and is marketed to cost nothing to retailers to use the system. Pharmacies would need to access NPLEx through a web portal or integration of existing POS system with NPLEx. About 18 other states have adopted NPLEx.
MPhA does not have a current position since the bill has not been yet introduced. MPhA supports language providing an opt-out for pharmacies that do not have existing technology to support NPLEx. There is deep concern that this program not provide additional costs to pharmacies and there will be appropriate technology support provided by NPLEx. Your comments are welcomed.
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Take Part in National Consumer Protection Week! Encourage Your Patient & Medical Communities to Join P2C2!
Did you know that March 4-10, 2012 is National Consumer Protection Week? What can you do to help protect your consumers? Join in the fight to raise awareness of the value and necessity of compounding by making P2C2 Scriptbag Inserts available with every compounded prescription you dispense. The Scriptbag Inserts are available to IACP Members and Corporate Partners to distribute to their patient/practitioner audiences.
The P2C2 Scriptbag Inserts instruct patients and prescribers to visit the Patients and Professionals for Customized Care (P2C2) website at www.savemymedicine.org. Those who join this online database of more than 161,744 patients, physicians, pet owners and veterinarians will be among powerful advocates for pharmacy compounding. Please help raise awareness about compounding by encouraging your patient and medical communities to join the P2C2 program.
Download a Scriptbag Insert order form
More information about the Patients and Professionals for Customized Care (P2C2) program.
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Annual Meeting Registration to Open Online Later this Month
2012 Annual Meeting
June 8 - 10, 2012 |
Madden’s Resort, Brainerd
Featured Presentations (CE) -
The Meeting will have 9.0 total CPE Available:
- Medication Pipeline Update
- Managed Care Focus
- Update on Laws & Rules Related to Pharmacy Practice and Technicians
- Exiting and Entering Pharmacy Ownership
- Top Five Challenges for Pharmacists in Treating Geriatric Patients
New This Year:
- Herbie Cup Golf Tournament has moved to Friday, June 8.
- Career Roundtables with Leaders from Different Pharmacy Practice Sites
MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!
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