Proposal calls for monitoring of CSMP by pharmacists

Introduced by 11 members of the WV House of Delegates, House Bill 4183 requires pharmacists to continually monitor the West Virginia Controlled Substance Monitoring Program (CSMP), maintained by the Board of Pharmacy, to determine whether any of his or her clients (patients) have overdosed on a prescription filled by the pharmacist.   If so, the … [Read more…]

Pharmacists may provide naloxone under protocol

House Bill 4035 approved by the House of Delegates Health and Human Resources Committee, January 18, permits pharmacists to furnish naloxone hydrochloride in accordance with standardized procedures or protocols developed and approved by both the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy and West Virginia Board of Medicine.   The proposed legislation must now be approved by … [Read more…]

PBM regulation legislation introduced

Senator Ryan Ferns (R-Ohio) is lead sponsor of Senate Bill 322 in the West Virginia Senate calling for regulation of the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) industry.  Co-sponsoring the proposed legislation are Senators Ron Stollings (D-Boone), Charles Trump (R-Morgan) and Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha).  WVPA Executive Director Richard Stevens requested the legislation be introduced following meeting with … [Read more…]

Role of PBMs with pharmacies and patients

The West Virginia Legislature will be taking up legislation in 2016 — as it did in 2015 with Senate Bill 84 — to regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).   Because there is no regulatory authority over these entities or transparency to purchasers of prescription drugs required, some PBMs are reimbursing pharmacies less that the cost … [Read more…]

WVPA to celebrate 2016 Convention October 8 & 9

The West Virginia Pharmacists Association will hold its 109th Annual Convention, October 8 and 9, 2016, at the Charleston Marriott Town Center, 200 Lee Street, Charleston, WV.   WVPA President Krista Capehart, PharmD, MSPharm, will preside over the Convention. “We were able to negotiate a lower room rate at the Marriott than at other venues, … [Read more…]