Regulations to impact pharmacy

There are several important pieces of legislation that will have an impact on the business of supermarket pharmacy if passed, noted Michael Spira, American Pharmacists Association senior lobbyist, during an FMI education session.

The Senate recently passed legislation on drug compounding, for example. A House version of compounding legislation is expected within the next month, Spira said.

A hydrocodone bill that beefs up requirements and penalties related to dispensing the narcotic pain reliever has been introduced in both the House and Senate. And track-and-trace drafts that would require monitoring pharmaceuticals at the lot and unit levels recently have been introduced in both divisions of Congress, Spira added.

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