The Board of Pharmacy is currently reviewing proposed changes to the Pharmacy Practice Act (247 CMR 9.00). The proposed amendments are substantial and comprehensive, with the addition of 15 new sections. Members are encouraged to read the draft proposal HERE. If you wish to submit comments for MSHP to consider as we formulate our response, please submit them HERE. All comments, for this phase of our response, are due to MSHP by Friday, May 29th.
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Comments Requested: USP <800> was originally published in Pharmacopeial Forum (PF) 40(3) May-June 2014 and provides standards to protect personnel and the environment when handling hazardous drugs. Because of the nature and significance of the comments received on this original PF proposal, USP is republishing the chapter in March-April 2015. The revision clarifies wording and reflects new and revised guidance documents and stakeholder input. Therefore, there is an additional comment period, now open, for review of the revised General Chapter <800>. You are invited to submit comments. To ensure that all comments are addressed, indicate the line number(s) corresponding to your comments & submit to CompoundingSL@usp.org. The General Chapter, with line numbers, can be accessed by clicking HERE. Comments will be accepted until May 31, 2015. Additional information can be obtained by clicking HERE.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA's) Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances, which implements the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, was recently made available online (click here). The Act, in an effort to curtail the prescription drug abuse epidemic, authorized DEA to develop and implement regulations that outline methods to transfer unused or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances to authorized collectors for the purpose of disposal. The Act also permits long-term-care facilities to do the same on behalf of residents or former residents of their facilities. The Final Rule took effect on October 9 and can be viewed here.
Affiliate Executives and Presidents--Many of you received this information from Paul Abramowitz today, and some of your organizations have already sent out information to your members; however, we wanted to be sure that you had seen this news, along with the accompanying press release as well. You will be receiving much more information about this milestone activity in the near future.
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ASHP Applauds Introduction of Bill That Recognizes Pharmacists as Providers
The Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists urges all members to re-engage with your local legislators to ensure their support of provisions included in the Senate version (SB1907) of the Pharmaceutical Compounding legislation now before a conference committee in the Massachusetts legislature. Below we are providing you with a letter template and link to find your legislator. Thank you for your support on this important bill.
The Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) was founded in 1945 to foster the professional growth of hospital pharmacy in Massachusetts. In the 1960â€™s, MSHP became affiliated with the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP) now known as the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
In 1997, we changed our name and developed a new mission statement reflecting pharmacy as a part of an integrated health-system. Today, MSHP represents over 1,900 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in organized health-systems throughout the Commonwealth. For over fifty years, the members of MSHP have worked together in the achievement of common professional goals.
These goals include the following: advancement of rational drug therapy in organized healthcare settings through the provision of pharmaceutical care; advancement and encouragement of professional excellence by providing leadership, direction, education and communication among its members practicing in healthcare systems; fostering of closer relationships between health-system pharmacy, other pharmaceutical disciplines and health care providers.
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