HOMES gets pharmacy license requirement for DME dropped

Friday, October 2, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine – The National Suppliers Clearinghouse will remove the pharmacy license requirement for certain DME items in Maine, the Home Medical Equipment and Services Association of New England has reported. To obtain such a license, a provider had to have a pharmacist in charge or PIC, not appropriate for DME providers, HOMES argued. The association began working on this issue last summer, when the NSC updated its State License Directory to include a requirement for a pharmacy license for some DME. It testified at the Maine Board of Pharmacy meeting in April to argue for at least a limited pharmacy license, but the board decided a license wasn’t needed for the items in question because they did not meet its definition of “device.”