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Capitol Connections Archive [May 17, 2013] [05.17.13]
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U.S. Senate HELP Committee Revises Compounding Bill Draft

IACP Testifies at Senate Hearing

A Message from IACP President Wade Siefert, RPh

Corporate Partner Spotlight: Storey Marketing

You Can Still Register to Attend IACP’s Compounders on Capitol Hill!

Events & Education

Register today for the 2013 OSHA Update Webinar & Live Training – June 17, 24, 25, and 26

IACP’s Collaboration with the Tennessee Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation Presents: 2013 Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Update - Live Training Webinar

Are you a pharmacist providing immunizations or CLIA-waived testing services or a pharmacy technician assisting in these services? If you are at any risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens, you are required to have live OSHA training every year.

OSHA’s fines for non-compliance can exceed $90,000. You can comply with OSHA’s training requirements for less than $70. (You do the math.)

Even if you participate in an OSHA training program every year, you are not in compliance with OSHA’s requirements if the training doesn’t have a LIVE component. In response to requests from pharmacists, the Tennessee Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation (TPREF) is offering an ACPE-accredited OSHA training webinar that meets all of OSHA’s training requirements. The 2013 OSHA Update can protect you and your pharmacy practice site against potentially devastating OSHA fines—and your pharmacy site can continue to protect the public against potentially devastating disease.

The webinar program is presented online by Stephan Foster, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP. Dr. Foster is a retired Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and is on faculty at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. He is on the Speakers’ Bureau for Merck and Roche and is a consultant for GSK and Sanofi-Pasteur.

For your convenience, the program is offered on the following dates and times:

  • Monday, June 17, 2013 - 12:00 noon CT (1:00 p.m. ET)
  • Monday, June 17, 2013 - 6:00 p.m. CT (7:00 p.m. ET)
  • Monday, June 24, 2013 - 12:00 noon CT (1:00 p.m. ET)
  • Monday, June 24, 2013 - 6:00 p.m. CT (7:00 p.m. ET)
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 12:00 noon CT (1:00 p.m. ET)
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 6:00 p.m. CT (7:00 p.m. ET)

Please click here for the registration form for IACP Members and Non-members. Please click here for more information.

Were You Unable to Attend the Recent Pharmacy Advocacy Webinar on May 16th?  

Not to worry! The IACP AdvanCE webinar Being a Successful Advocate - Working with Your State and Federal Representatives presented by IACP’s VP of Government Affairs Sarah Dodge-Palmer and IACP’s EVP/CEO David G. Miller, RPh has been converted to the self-paced IACP AdvanCE library. Please click here to view IACP AdvanCE’s self-paced online webinars that are available today

To receive CE credit, you must submit your NABP e-Profile ID and birth date! Click here for more information!

USP on Compounding Available from IACP!

IACP is proudly partnering with the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) on their USP on Compounding : A Guide for the Compounding Practitioner, which includes all the compounding-related general chapters from the United States Pharmacopeia–National Formulary (USP–NF). Click here for more information.


May 17, 2013

U.S. Senate HELP Committee Revises Compounding Bill Draft 

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) released a revised version of its Pharmacy Compounding draft bill on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists' (IACP) legislative team has received a copy of the draft bill and is thoroughly reviewing it. Click here to access the revised draft bill.

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 on the Revised Draft:

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.

Click here to read the entire article.

IACP Testifies at Senate Hearing

David G. Miller, R.Ph., Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), testified on May 9, 2013, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) on how to ensure the continued safety and health of Americans who rely on prescription drugs.

“IACP believes that the safety of patients must always be the first consideration of any pharmacy-oriented public policy,” Miller said. “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.”

The HELP Committee held hearings on draft Senate legislation that has been proposed to help prevent a repeat of the failures at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. According to investigators and government officials, substances produced at NECC were contaminated and have resulted in meningitis and other illnesses that have claimed 53 lives and sickened more than 700 people in 20 states.

“There are some aspects of the draft that need further discussion and refinement, such as the exemption for health systems that could mean hospital patients are not assured of the same quality compounded medications, and we intend to work with the Committee on these,” Mr. Miller said. He reiterated the IACP’s position that state boards of pharmacy are and should remain responsible for the licensing and oversight of compounding pharmacies and that the FDA is and should remain responsible for overseeing and regulating pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Click here to view the entire article.

Click here to view the hearing.

A Message from IACP President Wade Siefert, RPh

There is a right time for everything. A time to harvest, a time to speak up, a time to heal, a time to rebuild, a time to repair, a time to work together, a time to gather, and a time to dance (celebrate).

There is a time to harvest. One of my new duties as President of IACP is to increase our membership above 3,000. I need your help in gathering/harvesting new members. If each IACP member would sign up just one additional member of their staff, or recruit one new member, our ranks would grow to more than 4,000. Just imagine the number if each IACP member would sign up each and every member of their staff. There is strength in numbers. Can you help?

There is a time to speak up. For the past twenty years, we have come to Washington, D.C. to lobby our elected officials on issues affecting our profession. This year, we need a record number of white coats storming the Hill. We need a record number of our membership lobbying for our profession and for our patients and prescribers. Our patients need access to professionally compounded preparations that we all provide. Their health and often their lives depend on it. Can I depend on you to attend Compounders on Capitol Hill (CCH) and especially, can I depend on you to Stay for Hill Day?

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USP Debuts New Prescription Container Labeling Standards


The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) proudly debuts its new standard, which provides a universal approach to the format, appearance, content, and language of instructions for medicines on containers dispensed by pharmacists. The USP official standard went into effect on May 1. Click here to view. 

Corporate Partner Spotlight

Storey Marketing shares your passion for compounding! Owner Patti Storey is a pharmacist, and can still remember the first compounding seminar she attended in Houston in 1993, where she displayed her new marketing company’s sole product, a weekly newspaper health column. As she listened to the stories of how compounding improved and even saved lives, she committed her professional career to the support of the profession of compounding. In the years that followed, the company name changed from Health Notes to Storey Marketing.

Products and services have expanded to include print and email newsletters for practitioners and patients, a full line of compounding brochures, displays and presentations, and technology services such as responsive website design and hosting, Search Engine Optimization, e-commerce, app development, and social marketing. 

Click here to read more about Storey Marketing!

Crystal Gateway Marriott CCH Group Rate Deadline Ends On or Before 5:00 p.m. (EST) Monday, May 20, 2013

Reservations received after Monday, May 20, 2013, are not guaranteed at the group rate and will be confirmed based on availability. It is possible that hotel rooms and/or specific room categories may sell out prior to Monday, May 20, 2013; therefore it is strongly recommended that you make your reservation as soon as possible. When calling, please mention that you are part of the IACP Compounders on Capitol Hill group.

Reserve your hotel room!
To reserve your hotel room online, click here or by phone at Toll Free:  877-212-5752 or locally at 1-506-474-2009.

It’s not too late to register to attend IACP’s Compounders on Capitol Hill

The 19th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill (CCH) will be held June 1-4, 2013 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. Located only two miles from Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), the Crystal Gateway Marriott offers immediate lobby access to Washington, D.C.’s world-famous Metro system and a quick ride to all the museums, sights, restaurants, and even the Capital.  Selecting a new hotel is part of a strategic plan to bring attendees and exhibitors much needed meeting space, a larger exhibit hall, discounted parking to encourage local compounders’ participation, and a considerably lower hotel group rate.

To register, please download the Onsite Registration Form here.  If you have questions regarding Compounders on Capitol Hill, please contact the IACP Registrar Lauren Perez at or by phone at 281.933.8400.

CCH Brochure Now Available!

The 2013 Compounders on Capitol Hill printed brochure edition and e-brochure is sponsored by IACP Corporate Partner Freedom Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The Flipbook technology for the e-brochure was generously provided by RXinsider. To review the 2013 Compounders on Capitol Hill e-brochure, click here.

Compounders on Capitol Hill

June 1-4, 2013
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

Thank you to our Exhibitors and Meeting Sponsors!

We would like to thank the following exhibitors for their commitment to Compounders on Capitol Hill: AirClean Systems; American College of Apothecaries (ACA); Analytical Research Laboratories (ARL); Associates of Cape Cod, Inc.; ATS Labs; B&B Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; bioMérieux; Charles River Laboratory; Digi-Trax Corporation; DYNALABS; Eagle Analytical Services; EMD Millipore; Epson America; Exakt Technologies, Inc.; Fagron; Freedom Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Health Engineering Systems; Humco Compounding; International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding (IJPC); International Medical Industries, Inc.; IsoTech Design; Letco Medical; Life File; Live Oak Bank; Mar Cor Purification; MEDISCA; NCPA; PCAB; PCCA; Pharmacy Marketing Quarterly; RxCoop, LLC; RXinsider; Storey Marketing; Torpac Capsules; U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention; and ZRT Laboratory, LLC.

We would like to thank the following meeting sponsors for their support of Compounders on Capitol Hill: American College of Apothecaries (Continuing Education Provider); B&B Pharmaceuticals (Meeting Tote Bag Sponsor, Education Session Sponsor); Fagron (Meeting Syllabus Sponsor); Freedom Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Meeting Brochure Sponsor); Humco Compounding (Education Session Sponsor); Letco Medical (Welcome Reception Honoring IACP Fellows Sponsor, IACP AdvanCE Education Session Sponsor); MEDISCA (Meeting T-Shirt Sponsor); PCCA (Name Badge Holder Sponsor, Hotel Room Key Sponsor, Education Session Sponsor, State Breakfast/Hill Day Sponsor); and Topi-Click Topical Dosing Applicator (Conference Pen Sponsor).

To learn more about the exhibitors and meeting sponsors, click here.

Sunday Night Fever Countdown for June 2 is On: Get Your Tickets Now!

Ever wish you could “Shake Your Groove Thing” in a “Funky Town” and do the “Hustle”? Then break out those dancing shoes and get ready for the 9th Annual Rx Mixer celebrating Sunday Night Fever on Sunday, June 2nd. It will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. The era of Saturday Night Fever, outrageous platforms and colorful polyesters fabrics in wild patterns guarantees a far out time – even in the 21st century. Complete with disco dance floor, our funky Music DJ and, of course, the requisite disco ball, this will be the ultimate disco experience. So bust out the flared plants, go go boots, gold lame, sequins, mod wigs and brush up on your Tony Manero moves!

Click here to see your Rx Mixer Chair Brenda Pavlic and IACP President Wade Siefert getting ready for the big event!

Cocktails and casino gaming will kick off the evening festivities. There will be fabulous items up for bids in the Live Auction including an East Coast Waterfowl Hunt Trip, a Napa Valley Escape, compounding services and equipment and an Alaska Adventure Trip. Don’t miss your chance to win a prize from our giant Raffle Packages and Treasure Boxes. The lucky winners will walk away with fabulous items such as an iPad Mini, a Play Station, an Opti Shot Golf Simulator, a Nascar Racing Experience, a New York Shopping Trip and much, much more!

Click here to view the online Rx Mixer Program generously sponsored by Corporate Partner Letco Medical so you can begin viewing the awesome items up for bid at the event! Thank you to RXinsider for providing the flipbook technology!

Save the Date & New Location!

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind, 3-in-1 conference that brings the pharmacy profession together in paradise.  The American College of Apothecaries (ACA), the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists(IACP) and the American College of Veterinarian Pharmacists (ACVP) are joining forces again to bring you an extraordinary Educational Conference, February 5-8, 2014 at the ocean front property, the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

What you can expect in 2014:

  • Benefit from multiple education tracks; practice-based, compounding, and veterinary clinical and compounding.  
  • Learn the fundamental steps to successfully work with your local media.
  • Develop a Social Media campaign about your pharmacy and its role in the community.  
  • Leverage the latest tools and resources to implement a quality improvement plan in your pharmacy.
  • Hear what your peers are doing in the This Works for Me! sessions.
  • Tips for hiring and retaining good employees for a successful pharmacy.  
  • What’s New in Veterinary Pharmacy, and much more!
  • Visit with companies showcasing services that can improve your business.

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Register today for the IACP Regional Education Meeting in Chicago, Illinois on July 25, 2013!

The IACP Regional Education Meeting brings 2.0 contact hours (.20 CEUs) of live pharmacy law continuing education credit to pharmacists and technicians all across the United States. At this seminar, you will hear from IACP's Executive Vice President & CEO David G. Miller, RPh as he presents Pharmacy Compounding Law and Regulations: Staying Current in a Changing World, an in-depth presentation on federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that affect you and your practice.

The seminar is designed for any pharmacist, technician or pharmacy student currently involved in or interested in building their understanding about compounding pharmacy.  Whether you’re a veteran compounder or just thinking about implementing this critical health service for your community, we hope you’ll join us for an evening of education and fellowship. For more information, please visit

At the conclusion of this seminar, the pharmacist and technician attendee will be able to:

  • Explain how compounders are regulated and enforced by the State Boards of Pharmacy, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
  • List four different regulatory initiatives and two court cases that have defined FDA’s oversight to compounders.
  • State what authority the FDA has when inspecting compounding pharmacies.
  • Define “bulk ingredients” and the difference between “FDA-approved” products.
  • Define “office use” and describe how compounding for office use differs from wholesaling.
  • Describe key components of federal proposed legislation that may change the balance of existing federal and state authorities. 

Chicago, Illinois – July 25, 2013
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Mark Drugs Roselle
384 E. Irving Park, Roselle, IL  60172

Click here to view the event flyer!




Save the date! The 2013 IACP Regional Education Meetings include:

  • Austin, Texas – August 2013
  • Houston, Texas – August 2013
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma – September 14, 2013
  • Salt Lake City, Utah – September 2013

Would You Like to Sponsor or Host an IACP Regional Education Meeting in Your City?

If you would like IACP to plan a Regional Education Meeting in your city, please email Michelle Greene or call 281.933.8400. For more information on sponsorship, please click here. For more information on hosting, please click here.

IACP Calendar

IACP is your one-stop resource for all things compounding! CompounderCalendar provides a comprehensive listing of compounding events and continuing education programs.

Click here to view IACP’s Upcoming Events.



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IACP Student Member Spotlight

IACP Member Benefit Spotlight:

Apply for IACP's 2014 Class of Fellows!

Contribute to IACP's Public Affairs Fund!

IACP Student Member Spotlight

Future Compounders Help Shape IACP's Student Programs! IACP is pleased to provide a series of IACP Student Member Spotlights - focusing on the future of our pharmacy compounding profession - our Student Members! Today's interview is with Brantley M. Underwood, who is attending Harding University College of Pharmacy in Searcy, Ark., and scheduled to graduate in May 2015 with both his MBA and PharmD degrees.

Click here to read more.

IACP Member Benefit Spotlight: is your best source for the detailed information you need to grow and maintain a compounding practice. It is produced by the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding, and strives to provide compounders with the tools and resources needed in their daily activities.

IACP Members received a special subscription rate of $396 to
For more information or to subscribe to please contact Deb Mehlhaff at 800.757.4572 Ex.1 or

Apply for IACP's 2014 Class of Fellows!

The first deadline is quickly approaching to apply for the 2014 class of Fellows (there will be one additional application opportunity in December)! The IACP Fellowship Program offers members who have been compounding for at least three years the opportunity to be distinguished in their communities as specialists in the art and skill of pharmacy compounding. To learn more or to apply, visit our Fellowship website.

Applications are due by May 24th, 2013. Approved Fellows will be inducted at IACP’s 2014 Educational Conference. Please direct any questions to Lindsey Turnau,

Contribute to IACP’s Public Affairs Fund Today!

IACP’s Public Affairs campaign is not just about getting the word out about compounding. The Academy also wants to ensure that the option for patients to choose personalized medication solutions remains accessible.

Fighting this battle to protect your right to practice pharmacy compounding is critical. To date, we have raised $741,542.00

We look forward to working together collectively as an association to protect, promote and advance the art science of pharmacy compounding. Thank you to our generous supporters for helping to protect, promote and advance the art and science of pharmacy compounding.

Click here for more information on how you can support the IACP Public Affairs Fund by contributing today.


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