U.S. Senate HELP Committee Releases a Revised Compounding Bill Draft
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) has released a revised version of its Pharmacy Compounding draft bill. The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists' (IACP) legislative team has received a copy of the draft bill and is thoroughly reviewing it.
While IACP has committed to continued work with the Senate HELP Committee and its staff, we have serious reservations that this proposed language will actually hinder patient care rather than protect patient safety -- the stated intent of the entire legislative discussion. Your Academy has multiple strategies already developed to address a variety of legislative scenarios -- all with an eye towards preserving pharmacy compounding practice while balancing that with the need to assure that entities that exceed the scope of practice are appropriately identified and regulated.
IACP's Initial Observations Regarding the Revised Draft Based on Preliminary Review:
In a preliminary review of the revised draft, we believe that the proposed compounding bill still needs to contain provisions that speak directly to standards aimed at raising the quality of compounded medications. The IACP supports uniform and nationwide standards, which compounding pharmacies would be held to, to be overseen by the state boards of pharmacy. We have and will continue to work with state pharmacy boards and professional organizations to introduce and support legislation and regulations which require compliance with those standards.
First and foremost, IACP strongly believes that patients must be assured that the compounded medications they receive are regulated effectively and consistently, regardless of whether they are obtained from a local pharmacy or during hospitalization. That is, an exemption should be eliminated from the draft bill that would not hold hospital and health-systems accountable to the same standards.
Additional IACP observations regarding the revised compounding bill draft:
- The draft legislation creates a new category in the industry, that of “compounding manufacturer,” which the legislation envisions being regulated by the FDA. While we continue to state that the FDA already has sufficient authority to create additional categories of manufacturers as necessary to assure drug product safety, IACP believes the term "compounding manufacturer" and several of the definitions of that new category create more confusion and further blur the jurisdictional authority of regulators.
- Language in the bill should be adjusted to eliminate confusion and further uncertainty between federal and state law – in particular by including language that recognizes compounding for, and dispensing to, prescribers for treatment of patients in their offices.
- The bill should be consistent in its treatment of compounding of drugs for humans and drugs for animals, rather than creating inexplicably disparate standards, rules, and requirements.
IACP believes that the safety of patients must always be the first consideration of any pharmacy-oriented public policy. We applaud the steps the Committee and the U.S. Senate are taking to ensure that compounded medications are as safe as they can be. IACP looks forward to continuing to work with the House and Senate on refining this legislation.
Please click here to view the revised Senate draft bill.
Senate HELP Committee to Hold Hearing May 22nd
The Senate HELP Committee will hold an additional hearing on May 22, 2013, at 10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building regarding the Pharmaceutical Compounding Quality and Accountability Act. The IACP staff and legislative team will be in attendance at this hearing.
The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) is an association representing more than 2,700 pharmacists, technicians, students, and members of the compounding community who focus upon the specialty practice of pharmacy compounding. Compounding pharmacists work directly with prescribers including physicians, nurse practitioners and veterinarians to create customized medication solutions for patients and animals whose healthcare needs cannot be met by manufactured medications. More than 164,000 patients and prescribers also belong to our organization via the grassroots advocacy group, P2C2 (Patients and Professionals for Customized Care). IACP's mission of protecting, promoting and advancing personalized medication solutions is critical for patient healthcare. Visit www.iacprx.org to learn more.
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