TraceLink Bags $93M, Plans A.I. & Blockchain Tools for Drug Tracking – Xconomy

“Another area of interest for TraceLink is blockchains, the online, distributed ledger systems that power cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. TraceLink is developing blockchain-based software to help the pharma industry meet certain track and trace requirements in the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act, Dahod says. He says the company will release more details about the project by the end of the year.”

Read the full source article: Xconomy: TraceLink Bags $93M, Plans A.I. & Blockchain Tools for Drug Tracking


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Wholesalers are asked to report key details on suspicious orders of controlled substances – The Script

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Wholesalers are asked to report key details on suspicious orders of controlled substances – The Script July 2018 p. 13 (a publication of the California State Board of Pharmacy)

“A wholesaler, upon discovery, shall notify the board in writing of any suspicious orders of controlled substances placed by a California-licensed pharmacy or wholesaler by providing the board a copy of the information that the wholesaler provides to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.  Suspicious orders include, but are not limited to, orders of unusual size, orders deviating substantially from a normal pattern, and orders of unusual frequency.”

The Board requests, ” . . . that reports include explicit information as to why the wholesaler deemed the order suspicious. For example, indicate if (1) the order was of an unusual size, (2) the order deviated substantially from the normal pattern, or (3) the order was of an unusual frequency.”

Reference:   On Oct.
7, 2017, Governor Brown signed
into law Assembly Bill 401.
This bill added Business and
Professions Code section 4169.1


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Amazon in Talks with Xealth, Forays in to Medical Supplies – Nasdaq.com

Read the full article:  Amazon in Talks with Xealth, Forays into Medical Supplies – Nasdaq.com

“Amazon is striving to make the patient’s access to medical supplies easier and comfortable with the help of this project. Notably, this project will allow the doctors to prescribe medical products necessary for their patients after a surgery or in general cases through the hospital’s online portal.”

 


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OIG to CMS: Take stronger look at ‘place-of-service’ claims | HME News

“The report found:  For 72% of inappropriate claims, DME suppliers failed to correctly code the SNF as a facility. Instead, they coded the place of service as the beneficiary’s home, thus enabling the claims to bypass the edit that rejects separate payment for most DME provided at facilities. By definition, SNFs provide primarily skilled care and thus cannot be considered beneficiary homes.”

Read the full source article: OIG to CMS: Take stronger look at ‘place-of-service’ claims | HME News

Read the OIG report:  CMS Did Not Detect Some Inappropriate Claims for Durable Medical Equipment in Nursing Facilities


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How Well Do You Understand Your Cargo Theft Threats? | iwla1891

The Threat of Cargo Thefts – Does this affect third party logistics (3PL)?

“Cargo theft affects businesses across the globe. Beyond the direct cost of the stolen goods, missing cargo can have far-reaching supply chain implications. Threats to your company’s cargo can vary by commodity type, region and even day of the week. Understanding your product’s susceptibility to theft and developing appropriate strategies to reduce it can help protect your cargo and your business.”

Read the full article – Source: How Well Do You Understand Your Cargo Theft Threats? | iwla1891


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Big Selection Of California Designated Representative Training Courses

Earn a training affidavit – We offer the largest selection of California Designated Representative training programs!

The California Board of Pharmacy oversees a wide range of Designated Representative licenses, including:

  • Designated Representative (for wholesalers)
  • Designated Representative 3PL (for third-party logistics providers), and
  • Designated Representative Reverse Distributor

Each of the three distinct license applications requires proof of training program completion. Specifically, license applicants must submit a training affidavit with their application submission. We offer three (3) different Designated Representative training courses because each license application “type” requires the coverage of different subjects and topics.

Learn more and buy: Training Programs for California Designated Representative License Applicants – Earn a training affidavit

Visit: California Board of Pharmacy – Designated Representative License Application Forms


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Pay Attention To The Version! – Florida Certified Designated Representative (CDR)

Beware! – There are multiple versions of forms and booklets for Florida Certified Designated Representative (CDR) license applicants

Florida state websites are getting reorganized and redesigned. As a result, an internet search for Florida Certified Designated Representative (CDR) application forms and candidate information booklets can lead you to outdated versions.

At the time of writing this post, there are CDR forms and publications that have an effective date of December 2017 or January 2018.  In my small sampling of search results, I was able to locate a form as old as 2014.

If you’re not sure you’ve got the latest forms or publications, here’s what the 2018 application form says, “If you have any questions or need assistance in completing this application, please contact the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics, at 850.717.1800.”


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California Designated Representative Training Courses

Find California Designated Representative Training Courses – Earn a training affidavit

Question:  Who offers California Designated Representative training courses that are approved by the California State Board of Pharmacy?

AnswerSkillsPlus International Inc. offers these popular online classes:


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Where To Get Live Scan Fingerprinting

California Designated Representative license applicants who are California residents must only use Live Scan fingerprinting (refer to the various Designated Representative license applications for additional information).

Here’s the link to find Live Scan locations in California


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California HMDR Laws for 2018

California HMDR Laws for 2018

New CA Home Medical Device Retailer (HMDR) Legislation – Effective January 1, 2018

Read the full text of the bill:   AB 1387, Arambula. Home medical device retail facility business: licensing: inspections.

The Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law, among other things, prohibits a person from conducting a home medical device retail facility business in the state without a valid license from the State Department of Public Health. Existing law requires the department to inspect each place of business prior to issuing a license, and further requires the department to inspect each licensee at least annually.

This bill would modify, until January 1, 2023, the requirement for the department to inspect a licensed home medical device retail facility business if it is accredited, as specified, by an accreditation organization approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. If so accredited, the bill would authorize the department to conduct an inspection only upon a complaint made to the department regarding the licensee. For a licensee that is not so accredited, the bill would continue to require the department to conduct an inspection at least annually.

Source: The legislation above is referenced on the CA HMDR Program website


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