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COVID-19 and Pharmacy

COVID-19.  We all know what it is by now – no need to explain further.  For specific information about COVID-19 from the experts, please visit the CDC website, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). In this blog, we will cover regulations and actions your Pharmacy can take to help your staff, patients, and community stay healthy.  We will also share links to various websites with relevant information for Pharmacy. COVID-19 and HIPAA For the most part, the HIPAA Rules remain the same,

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Common HIPAA Issues – Part 2: Breaches

The next area we want to discuss is breaches – the cause of most audits.  Almost all covered entities will have a breach in the privacy of protected health information (PHI). Ultimately, by ensuring you have enacted the appropriate policies and procedures, performed your risk analysis and management plan, developed appropriate technical and physical safeguards, and trained your employees, you are doing all you can to prevent these breaches from occurring. However, even with all of this, breaches still happen.

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Common HIPAA Issues – Part 1: Training

Before we get into the common HIPPA issue of training let’s just discuss HIPAA in general for a bit. HIPAA is an area of compliance that has been around for a while now – almost 17 years.  Over this long period of time, the Federal Government has continuously increased the level of scrutiny and amount of fines they have placed on Covered Entities (including Pharmacies). Because HIPAA has been in effect for so long, there is no excuse to be noncompliant.  The first time the Office of Civil Rights (OCR; the Federal entity responsible for HIPAA enforcement) comes knocking, it is typically the result of a privacy breach or a

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Is Your Pharmacy Still Using Windows 7?

Déjà vu?  It was only 5 years ago that we saw the Windows XP “End of Life” occur.  Now, it is time for Windows 7. Windows 8’s “End of Life” will occur in January 2023. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end support for Windows 7. This means if you are currently running Windows 7 on any of your computers you will no longer receive security updates from Microsoft.  These security updates and patches address vulnerabilities that if exposed could

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USP <800> | The Independent Pharmacist’s Guide – Part 2: Does My Pharmacy Need To Comply?

If you own or manage a Pharmacy, you’ve probably heard about USP <800>, the newest chapter issued by the United States Pharmacopoeial Convention. Although USP guidelines typically apply to compounding Pharmacies and drug manufacturers, USP <800> guidelines apply to any facility which handles Hazardous Drugs; if you own or operate a Pharmacy, that means YOU. However, there is a common misconception spreading through the Independent Pharmacy Space when it comes to USP <800> compliance.  Some consulting entities and individuals are

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USP <800> | The Independent Pharmacist’s Guide – Part 1: What Is USP <800>?

What is USP 800? If you own or manage a Pharmacy, you’ve probably heard about USP 800, the newest chapter issued by the United States Pharmacopoeial Convention. Although USP guidelines typically apply to compounding Pharmacies and drug manufacturers, USP 800 guidelines apply to any facility which handles Hazardous Drugs; if you own or operate a Pharmacy, that means YOU. In this blog series, we will be conducting a brief review of USP 800 and discussing what it means to independent

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FDA Issues Warning Letter to McKesson for Shipping ‘illegitimate’ Opiates

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it has sent a warning letter to drug distributor McKessson for allegedly shipping “illegitimate” opioid products and failing to properly handle and investigate the incidents. Specifically, the FDA is accusing McKesson of failing to identify, quarantine and investigate drug shipments that had been tampered with. Some of the bad shipments were discovered at three Rite Aid pharmacies in Michigan. This is the first time the FDA has issued a warning letter under the

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