Heavy Phone Call Volume at The California State Board of Pharmacy Office
According to an email sent by the Board (dated July 22, 2019):
“The Board of Pharmacy is currently experiencing heavy call volume. If you are not able to reach staff by phone, please email us. Visit the Contact Us page on the board’s website, www.pharmacy.ca.gov., for an email address related to your concern.
The board’s main phone number is (916) 518-3100. Staff is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”
““Health care trends suggest that 2.5 million number is just going to continue to grow as more people opt to age in place,” Marriele Mango, lead author of the study and resilient power fellowship program associate for Clean Energy Group, told HHCN. “In the end, energy security just isn’t there for them in the way that it is in a nursing home, assisted living home or a hospital.”
In the event of a natural disaster, lack of energy security can be fatal.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.
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.)