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SAFE-BioPharma asks DEA to continue to use government model for tracking e-prescriptions

BY Jenna Duncan

FORT LEE, N.J. SAFE-BioPharma Association has recommended that the Drug Enforcement Agency’s practice of storing and reviewing public key infrastructure-based digital signatures is the most effective, safest, securest and more practical way to file, retrieve, review and manage controlled substance electronic prescriptions. SAFE-BioPharma’s officicial formal recommendation was posted during a review period for the new Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances proposed result, docket no. DEA-218.

SAFE-BioPharma’s recommendation said, “The FBCA is a widely available and supported system, and it provides a level of security, non-repudiability, interoperability and auditability required by legislation covering prescribing of controlled substances. Such a system would provide strong evidence that the original prescription was signed by a DEA-registered practitioner, that it was not altered after being signed and transmitted, and that it was not altered after received by the pharmacist.”

The association also has recommended that the DEA continue to use the infrastructure that the federal government has put in place under the Federal Bridge Certification Authority, which works as a framework for the DEA to review and manage controlled substances e-prescribing files.

In addition, SAFE-BioPharma  recommended that healthcare professionals only use one digital identity that can tracked in all e-prescription activities, used for authentication to healthcare networks, used as a login to access health records and order diagnostic tests, and any electronic prescription management in other forms.

SAFE-BioPharma is a non-profit association that has created and continues to maintain the SAFE-BioPharma digital ID and signature standard for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

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Walgreens ships diabetes supplies for free to Medicare Part B patients

BY Jenna Duncan

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has announced that it ship diabetes testing supplies for free to people who have their supplies covered under Medicare Part B.

The move comes at a time when budgets are tight—especially for seniors. To make getting diabetes supplies easier and more affordable, Walgreens said, patients can pick up their testing items at one of the 6,400 stores or have supplies mailed to their home at no cost.

Those seniors who are eligible can sign up by calling 1-888-PARTB-65 (1-888-727-8265) or request a call from a Walgreens representative by logging on to https://www.walgreens.com/partb. Special Walgreens phone reps will assist with filing all of the necessary Part B claim forms and will answer any other additional questions, the company said.

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Bruno’s, Food World stores announce closings of many in-store pharmacies

BY Jenna Duncan

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Bruno’s over the weekend announced that 22 out 40 in-store pharmacies in Bruno’s and Food World stored throughout Alabama and Florida will be closed. The closures will affect about 60 employees, the company said.

Bruno’s will sell remaining prescriptions and pharmaceutical inventories to CVS, a spokesman told the local media. CVS may also retain some of Bruno’s pharmacy employees.

No word yet on what Bruno’s will do with the remaining space in stores.  

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