As of 2nd April 2019 the ballot papers have been posted out to the electoral register to elect four new pharmacist members to the PSI council for a four year term.
Last week, without any warning, Facebook deleted the largest Irish pharmacist group of over 2600 members. This is now being appealed but it is anyone's guess if and when the group will be restored.
Given how quickly and unexpectedly this has happened, it would be very prudent to have a backup group and to also diversify our communication options to other platforms.
In another cost cutting measure, the HSE PCRS will stop posting out physical paper-based claims listings from 1st July 2018. The document will then only be available online via the Pharmacy Application Suite. Small exception has been made for manual claiming pharmacies, which will receive their paper listings until 1st October 2018.
The HSE have signaled that they will reduce the reimbursement period of non-approved non-core LTI items from current 4 months to just 2 months beginning on the 1st of July 2018.
This change is being introduced ahead of the promised improved visibility of these individually approved items via the Pharmacy Application Suite scheduled to go live towards the end of the summer.
It's the eve of GDPR implementation and one of our favourite tools is under threat. A lot of rumors have been going around regarding the use of fax to transfer personal information such as an emergency supply script for example.
It's that time of the month again. Here are May's claim submission deadlines:
- Electronic claims (3rd working day): Thursday, 3rd May 2018.
- Paperwork (5pm on the 5th day): 5th day being a Saturday, you have until Tuesday, 8th May 2018.
- Electronic claims (7th day): Monday, 7th May 2018.
- Paperwork (5pm on the 7th day): Thanks to the May bank holiday, you have until Tuesday, 8th May 2018.
Corrected exceptions (midnight on the 8th working day): Friday, 11th May 2018.
Garda vetting requirements apply to any work or activity, where it is a necessary and regular part of this activity to have access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable persons. It shoud come as no surprise that at the very minimum this includes pharmacists and pharmaceutical assistants who work directly with patients and may include other pharmacy employees.
With just 2 weeks to go, it now turns out that this requirement has been sitting quietly in the The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act since 2012.
If you haven't seen one yet, here is the new 2018 High-Tech prescription form (right-clik and select "View Image" for a bigger picture on desktops/laptops).
You'll be glad to see that the Lifetime therapy box is finally gone. What a relief!
Just when we though our admin work could not possibly get any more complicated the regulations came out requiring us to keep all pharmacy-only meds out of the reach of the public, i.e. behind the counter.
HPRA have now at least been nice enough to produce a "handy" 559-page pharmacy-only medicines list for you to keep an eye on daily - yes apparently it will change daily. Thanks HPRA!