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    Renew your membership for 2014.  Login to your NPA member profile and click on NPA Membership Renewal or print a 2014 Membership form.

  • MPJE Review

    Preparing for the Nebraska MPJE is easy with the Nebraska MPJE Review! This manual addresses the objectives as outlined by NABP.  The manual is available electronically for $49 or in print for $79. Click here for an order form.

  • Medication Disposal

    Click here to learn how to dispose of your unused medications at home or visit Nebraska MEDS to find a drug disposal participating pharmacy near you!

  • Mortar & Pestle

    The July/August issue of the Nebraska Mortar & Pestle and CPE quizzes are now available online. This issue includes the four CPE lessons.

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Tramadol is now a Schedule IV
On August 18, 2014, tramadol became a Schedule IV Controlled Substance (Federal Register, July 2, 2014, Rules and Regulations). According to the Pharmacists Manual, "When a drug not previously listed as a controlled substance is scheduled or a drug is rescheduled, the drug must be inventoried as of the effective date of scheduling or change in scheduling." All prescriptions must meet the requirements of a C-IV on August 18, 2014. Best practice would be to obtain a new prescription for existing orders.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
The next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is September 27, 2014, from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, visit the DEA website.

New Restrictions on Hydrocodone
The new rules mean that drugs like Vicodin, Lortab, and other generic versions will be subject to the same prescribing rules as painkillers like codeine and oxycodone. Patients will be limited to one 90-day supply of medication and will have to see a health care professional to get a refill. In many states prescribing authority will be limited to physicians, not nurses or physician assistants.  See Final Rule.

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