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FL DOH Calls for Action by Health Facilities, FL Covid Vaccine Plan, MOU on Compounding & More

Nov 13, 2020 | Latest News

November 13, 2020 

FL Department of Health Action for Health Facilities – TAKE ACTION

The Florida Department of Health is looking at a cluster of Burkholderia lata (B. lata) infections and is asking that health care facilities perform a laboratory look back and notify their county health department of any potential cases that meet the following criteria:

  • An increase above baseline in cases of B. cepacia or BCC in non-cystic fibrosis patients from any specimen source (e.g., blood, respiratory, and other tissues) since January 1, 2020, or
  • Any cases of B. lata from any specimen source since January 1, 2020

Included in the request from the Florida Department of Health was information related to an FDA nationwide recall on October 28, 2020 of Paroex® Chlorhexidine Gluconate Oral Rinse USP 0.12%.  This recall was due to potential contamination with B. lata, a gram-negative organism that causes opportunistic infection in susceptible individuals.


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AMA Announces Vaccine-specific CPT Codes for Coronavirus Immunizations

The American Medical Association released an update to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set that includes new vaccine-specific codes to report immunizations for coronavirus.  These new codes will be available for use and will become effective for each new coronavirus vaccine receiving emergency use authorization from the FDA.

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Florida COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

The FPA is reviewing the Florida vaccination plan for COVID-19 released last month.  Included within the plan is a phased approach for vaccinating Florida citizens based upon priority groups which may include health care personnel, essential workers, persons with medical conditions that place them at high risk for COVID-19 complications and older adults.

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States Asked to Consider Signing MOU on Pharmacy Compounding

The Food and Drug Administration has released a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) asking for endorsement by state Boards of Pharmacy.  Essentially the MOU creates a consensus understanding that states will investigate and report to the FDA on inordinate amounts of compounded products that are being distributed interstate.  The option given to states is to sign the MOU and report on inordinate interstate shipping or elect to not sign the MOU and limit pharmacies to shipping out of state no more than 5% of all prescription orders it dispensed.  The revised version of the MOU was modified from what was presented to Florida last year.  Our state examined the MOU last year and was advised by the Department of Health General Counsel that Florida laws would make the Department unable to comply with its terms and conditions.  It is unknown if there were any changes in the revised version that would change the current position of this state.  It is the FPA’s understanding that states have been given up to a year to decide to sign the current MOU agreement.

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FPPC Supported Candidates Win Their Election

The Florida Pharmacist Political Committee is pleased to report that nearly all of the campaigns that were supported through your generous contributions were candidates that won their races.  There were 120 House seats up for election with 31 of those seats being open (no incumbent).  There were 20 Senate seats up for election with 8 being open seats.  There was one Senate race that required a recount because the vote was extremely close.  In an ordered hand recount for Senate District 37, Ileana Garcia prevailed over Democratic incumbent José Javier Rodríguez in the race by a mere 34 votes.  Senator Rodriguez was one of our primary supporters of PBM issues.

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Governor DeSantis Extends Executive Order 20-52 – COVID-19 for another 60 days
Signed November 3, 2020

Florida Department of Health Introduces ELI (Enforcement – Licensure – Information)
A new artificial intelligence system that responds to frequently asked questions.

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