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Pharmacy Fulfillment for Consumer - Focused Telehealth Platforms

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Date Published

April 13, 2021

Publisher

Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding

Subjects

Compounding Pharmacy, Telehealth

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Summary

Many compounding pharmacies have been tapped to provide “fulfillment” for certain digital, consumer-focused telehealth platforms that have emerged (e.g., GetRomans, Hims/Hers, etc.). Under those business models, the companies are currently looking to independent pharmacies to providing the prescription filling and dispensing, and are compensated on a cash basis, generally direct from the patients/consumers themselves. We further understand that many of these pharmacies, particularly for men’s health-related products, are compounding the products that are being dispensed to patients. While these models present great opportunity and simplicity, particularly given that they do not involve billing insurance, they are not without legal issues. 

These include:

1. The current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding inordinate distribution interstate and the impact on these models

2. The various Boards of Pharmacy’s positions on the MOU (i.e., will they engage in enforcement over inordinate distribution?)

3. The prohibition on compounding inordinate amounts of essential copies of FDA approved drugs

4. Various state telemedicine requirements

5. State fee splitting rules

6. “Do Not Compound” Lists and enforcement by FDA and/or the Boards of Pharmacy

Learning Objectives for Pharmacists: 

1. Understand the current landscape regarding digital, consumer-focused telehealth platforms that are utilizing compounding pharmacies for medication fulfillment, including the laws and regulations applicable to compounding pharmacies.
2. Understand the impact Federal laws, regulations and enforcement priorities will have on compounding pharmacies participating in such models, including the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding inordinate distribution interstate and prohibitions on compounding inordinate amounts of essential copies of FDA approved drugs.
3. Determine the various Boards of Pharmacy’s positions on these arrangements, including the MOU, other FDA requirements, fee-splitting, and third-party delivery.
4. Explain various states' telemedicine requirements and the minimum requirements to allow for prescriptions to be written.

Accreditation Information:
This lesson is a knowledge-based CE activity and is targeted to pharmacists and technicians.


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Presenters

Jesse C. Dresser, Esq.
Partner - Life Sciences Department - Frier Levitt

Jesse C. Dresser, Esq. is a Partner in Frier Levitt’s Life Sciences Department and heads the firm’s Pharmacy Practice Group.... Read More

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

Pharmacy Fulfillment for Consumer - Focused Telehealth Platforms - Video
Pharmacy Fulfillment for Consumer - Focused Telehealth Platforms - Handout
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