Barnes To Speak at Pharmacists’ Institute on Substance Use Disorders

Michael C. Barnes, JD, Principal Attorney at Sequel Legal and Chairman of the Center for U.S. Policy, will speak at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) 2021 Institute on Substance Use Disorders on Tuesday, June 1. Mr. Barnes will update his presentation from the APhA 2021 Annual Meeting entitled “Don’t ‘Just Say No’: Preventing Diversion and Addressing Medical Needs.” He will co-present with Jake Nichols, PharmD, CEO of Professional Recovery Resources. Mr. Barnes will provide an overview of federal and state laws relevant to a pharmacist’s decision on whether to dispense a controlled medication, including the federal Controlled Substances Act, state mandatory consultation or refusal laws, and professional licensing board rules. He will also summarize recent litigation of interest to pharmacists who dispense controlled medications. The APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders will take place online June 1-4.