Whether you are opening your first pharmacy or have experience in pharmacy ownership, our national pharmacy lawyers can help you navigate and manage the legal aspects of pharmacy ownership. Pharmacy is a highly regulated industry, and our pharmacy attorneys aim to assist pharmacy owners with various issues, from business formation to defense of disciplinary issues.
Business formation of a pharmacy often begins with preparation and/or negotiation of shareholder, ownership and franchise agreements. Inevitably, business disputes arise between owners, and a well-prepared agreement can save time and money in the future. Similarly, appropriate business structuring can limit exposure and better protect the business.
Our pharmacy lawyers assist pharmacy owners with business formation and structuring, as well as preparation and filing of all necessary business documents.
Our pharmacy lawyers also assist with drafting and review of employment contracts. We consider potential state and federal anti-kickback and Stark laws when drafting employment contracts between owners and managing pharmacists, and can help draft contracts that meet safe-harbor provisions. We also assist with the review and negotiation of managed-care organization contracts.
Our pharmacy lawyers also assist with procedural and compliance issues. We can help owners obtain the required state permits, DEA registration and CMS enrollment. Prior to obtaining a permit, the state will conduct a pharmacy inspection. Our pharmacy lawyers work with owners and pharmacy staff to ensure compliance prior to the inspection and help address any deficiencies that may present. Once the pharmacy has the proper state permit, we can help obtain a DEA registration, and assist with enrollment with CMS and third-party payors.
We also offer start-up pharmacies assistance with preparing policy and procedure manuals. These manuals are not only required during the initial pharmacy inspection, but they are valuable in helping ensure future compliance with State, DEA, HIPAA and CMS regulations. Our pharmacy lawyers also assist existing pharmacies with review and updating of policies and procedure manuals to ensure compliance with current regulations.