DHL Supply Chain Invests $150 Million to Expand Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Distribution Network in the U.S. – PRweb.com

“DHL Supply Chain, the Americas leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, is expanding its pharmaceutical and medical device distribution network by 40 percent this year with an investment of $150 million. With the ultimate goal of bringing critical healthcare products closer to trade partners and patients, DHL Supply Chain plans for nine new sites by the end of 2019. The investment includes costs to invest in new buildings and technology, as well as the fit-out and start-up of new or expanded operations.”

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Expect Possible Delays With The California State Board of Pharmacy

Plan ahead.

If you have license renewals coming up, or you’re planning to submit license applications, try to get ahead of possible delays in the June-July 2019 timeframe, due to:

  • the end of the fiscal year (end of June 2019)
  • a Board office move July 2019

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Theft and Sabotage in the Supply Chain is Big Business – HealthcarePackaging.com

“Supply chain theft is estimated at $35-40 billion per year in the US, and today’s threats to the commercial supply chain are different than those of the past. Logistics companies are perfect targets, and those that aren’t aware of the changes are more likely to fall prey.”

“Brandman discussed why theft-related loss is getting worse, and said that the value of the product plus a low risk factor, lax security and an inadequate criminal justice system equals high gain, low risk. Plus, says Brandman, the internet combined with small parcel delivery service make it easy to distribute stolen goods. Thieves – often internal – who work together can result in significant loss to the company.”

Read the full article:  Theft and Sabotage in the Supply Chain is Big Business – HealthcarePackaging.com


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The Growing Trend of PBM Track-And-Trace Audits – Frier Levitt

The Growing Trend of PBM Track-And-Trace Audits – Frier Levitt

“Pharmacies are being asked [to] provide transaction history, transaction information, and transaction statement, and to maintain such records for not less than six years after the transaction.”

“Pharmacies are expected to ensure that wholesalers provide the aforementioned information at the time of purchase or be in a position to provide this information at the time of a request. Such requests are being made despite pharmacies having purchased from duly, licensed, and verifiable wholesalers.”

Read the full source article:  The Growing Trend of PBM Track-And-Trace Audits – Frier Levitt


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When Does the 36-Month Oxygen Rental Period Restart? – HomeCareMag.com

The headline article is a nice little resource.  It’s a well-organized piece written by Jeffrey S. Baird.  In the article, the author answers the question to:

“Providers often ask: “Are there scenarios in which the HME provider can start over the initial 36-month rental period?” The answer is yes. The following will review each of these scenarios.”

Read the source article:  When Does the 36-Month Oxygen Rental Period Restart? – HomeCareMag.com


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Billion-Dollar Medicare Fraud Bust – FBI.gov

Read the full article:  Billion-Dollar Medicare Fraud Bust – FBI Announces Results of Operation Brace Yourself – FBI.gov

The FBI & DOJ targeted alleged schemes involving the payment of illegal kickbacks and bribes by DME companies in exchange for the referral of Medicare beneficiaries by medical professionals working with fraudulent telemedicine companies for back, shoulder, wrist and knee braces that were medically unnecessary. Some of the defendants allegedly controlled an international telemarketing network that lured over hundreds of thousands of elderly and/or disabled patients into a criminal scheme that crossed borders, involving call centers in the Philippines and throughout Latin America.

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Federal Indictments & Law Enforcement Actions in One of the Largest Health Care Fraud Schemes Involving Telemedicine and Durable Medical Equipment Marketing Executives Results in Charges Against 24 Individuals Responsible for Over $1.2 Billion in Losses – Justice.gov


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Pharmacists must sign, receive drugs delivered to pharmacy by wholesaler – The Script

To be in full compliance with pharmacy law, refer to Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 4059.5(a), which states:

“Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, dangerous drugs or dangerous devices may only be ordered by an entity licensed by the board and shall be delivered to the licensed premises and signed for and received by a pharmacist.” (Emphasis added.)

Read the full article:  Pharmacists must sign, receive drugs delivered to pharmacy by wholesaler – The Script (March 2019 page 9)


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Budget neutrality dampens certain oxygen reimbursement | HME News

Budget neutrality dampens certain oxygen reimbursement | HME News

“These additional cuts for home oxygen therapy are certain to impact providers and patients in rural and other non-CBA areas,” stated AAHomecare in a bulletin. “Since CMS has repeatedly made it clear that they do not believe they have the statutory authority to address the budget neutrality offset, the HME community needs to make this a priority for advocacy efforts in the 116th Congress.”

Read the source article: Budget neutrality dampens certain oxygen reimbursement | HME News


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Plan Ahead: Board Office Move – Application Processing Times



Updated January 25, 2019:

The California Board of Pharmacy provided this latest update:

“Board staff were advised there have been significant delays in approvals necessary to begin construction within the office space. Based on these delays it is currently anticipated the move will occur in May or June 2019. Board staff continues to work with DCA and the Department of General Services and will continue to provide updates to the Organizational Development committee.”

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Plan ahead if you’re thinking about submitting a California Board of Pharmacy individual license application (e.g., California Designated Representative license).

As of this writing, here’s why:

  • The holiday season is here
  • Year-end business processes and activities could get in the way
  • California Designated Representative license application (wholesaler, 3PL)  processing times can take some time.  Based on September/October 2018 data, processing times could take anywhere between 13-39 days. If there are application deficiencies, it could add an additional 10-30 days of processing time.
  • The California Board of Pharmacy office relocation move was originally planned for February 2019, and could be delayed.

In a nutshell, plan ahead if you’re planning to submit a California Designated Representative license application.

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