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The Department of Public Health (DPH) approved post-comment amendments to 105 CMR 721.000 – Standards for Prescription Format and Security in Massachusetts.

  • These proposed changes are to implement electronic prescription sections of Chapter 208 of the Acts of 2018 – last year’s opioid law – and federal updates to partial fill requirements.
  • The biggest changes since the comment period include: an exception for all Schedule VI drugs, and a grace period until January 1, 2021.
  • DPH will be coordinating significant outreach to all stakeholders involved, including webinars and releasing additional guidance.

Here's a link to a memo summarizing the changes.


MA Board of Pharmacy/Joint Commission Tools for Sterile Compounding, and MA Board of Pharmacy Technology-check-Technician ADVISORY statement.

  1. Board of Pharmacy Sterile Compounding Inspection Report
  2. Joint Commission Compounding checklist
  3. “Technology-Check-Tech” - the regulation did not change, but the Board has published an advisory around allowing technology-check-tech when certain criteria are met. 

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. Press Release Link: ASHP Applauds Introduction of Bill That Recognizes Pharmacists as Providers


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