July 09, 2020

Pharmacists have new rules

PORTLAND — Maine pharmacists are required to offer counseling as well as cures under new rules that took effect Friday.

The new rules for 1993 require pharmacists to tell customers about the dosages and major side effects of all the prescriptions that are dispensed.

State rules already require pharmacists to talk with customers about severe side effects of new prescriptions. The new regulations expand the consultation requirement to all prescriptions, including refills.

If the customers don’t want such counseling, pharmacists will have to document their refusal.

Maine’s regulations were spurred by a federal law designed to save Medicaid money, said Gregory Cameron, state pharmacy inspector. That law forces states to require pharmacists to counsel those receiving Medicaid prescriptions.

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