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IACP Sponsors Second Annual, “Virtual Hill Day”

IACP's David Miller and Sarah Dodge-Palmer to Participate in ASCA Webinar, Tomorrow

Corporate Partner Spotlight: MEDISCA

There’s Still Time, Register Today to Attend Compounders on Capitol Hill 2013!

Educational Conference: Save the Date and New Location!

Events & Education

Join Us for the Next IACP AdvanCE LIVE Webinar on Media Relations!

David A. Ball, MS and Greg Turner from Ball Consulting Group, LLC will be presenting Media Relations for Your Pharmacy on Thursday, July 11 at 1:00 pm CT (11:00 PT / 12:00 MT / 2:00 ET).

You are busy serving your patients and running a pharmacy, so why do you need to worry about the media and public relations? While this is a perception that is held by many, the media can have a dramatic impact on the way patients and the public perceive your pharmacy. Working with the local media can result in a positive news story about your pharmacy and its specialized services. Not working with the media, on the other hand, can have a very damaging effect upon that perception, particularly in the case of something negative being reported about your pharmacy. Attendees will learn the fundamental steps to successfully work with the media.  

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

  • Describe three fundamental steps to successfully work with the media.      
  • Outline how to write a press release, how to pitch a news story, and how to manage a media interview.      
  • Identify how to prepare for and manage a crisis effectively.      
  • Explain how to leverage public relations techniques for growing your business.  

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 29, 2013

IACP Sponsors Second Annual, “Virtual Hill Day”

Just Like Being There in Person Without the Travel

Next week, nearly 400 of your compounding pharmacist and technician colleagues will be gathering for IACP’s 19th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill (CCH) in Washington, D.C., June 1-4, 2013. On Tuesday, June 4th, your colleagues will be headed to the Hill, meeting with Representatives and Senators regarding several issues, most notably, S. 959 – pharmacy compounding legislation introduced by the U.S. Senate. We need your help to educate and secure their support of changes to this proposed legislation we believe are vitally necessary on behalf of your patients and practitioners.

To those not attending CCH this year, we’d love to see you in D.C.; but, we know you have a business to run. Patients to take care of. Prescriptions to compound, prepare and dispense. You can’t make it to Washington, D.C. this year.

We have very critical issues before us as a profession. Perhaps like never before. We still need your participation and virtual presence. With IACP’s Virtual Hill Day, you can still make a real difference in helping to influence needed amendments to the current legislation, which as currently written, could potentially hinder your ability to serve your patients and practitioners.

IACP’s unique Action Alert system lets you send a personalized, IACP-prepared request for support directly from your home or pharmacy straight to the offices of both your Representative and your Senator.

Watch your inbox on Monday, June 3, 2013, for information and links on how to send a message to Capitol Hill. It takes just a few minutes and can literally quadruple the number of compounding pharmacist voices ringing through the halls of Congress.

Here is some background on our CCH legislative agenda this year. Below is a quick recap of the messages for our 2013 Congressional Ask Document that attendees at Compounders on Capitol Hill will see and take to the Hill in person.

S. 959 -- legislation introduced in the United States Senate called the Pharmaceutical Compounding Quality and Account ability Act -- creates more ambiguity and greater potential for confusion about which regulatory agency should oversee pharmacy compounding. 

Click here to read the entire article.

IACP's David Miller and Sarah Dodge-Palmer to Participate in ASCA Webinar, Tomorrow

IACP's David G. Miller, RPh, and Sarah Dodge-Palmer will provide a one-hour webinar, “New Developments in Compounding Pharmacies and What They Mean for Your ASC,” for the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), tomorrow, May 30, 2013, at 1 pm ET. The compounding webinar is free to ASCA members and non-members. To register, click here.

Click here to read more about the program.

Corporate Partner Spotlight: MEDISCA

 

The MEDISCA Group of Companies is proud to announce that the Third Annual National Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition held March 22-24, 2013 in Gainesville, Fla., was a great success! Fifteen teams of pharmacy students competed in the third annual Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition (SPCC). This national event was both organized and sponsored by MEDISCA, Inc. and was hosted by the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Gainesville, Fla. Following three days of intense competition, the State University of New York-Buffalo School of Pharmacy earned the title of SPCC 2013 Champions. Members of the winning team include: Georgia Di Fiore; Stephanie Wiegand; and Kristen Martinez.

Please click here for a completing listing of winners and rankings.

Please click here for a MEDISCA press release with more information!

 

There’s Still Time, Register Today to Attend Compounders on Capitol Hill 2013!  

With nearly 400 total attendees including an unprecedented 86 first time attendees, this year’s Compounders on Capitol Hill is on track to be one for the record books! There’s no time like the present to join your colleagues at the 19th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill, June 1-4, 2013 in Washington, D.C.! 

Be involved or be invisible!  - IACP Board of Director Member Jennifer L. Burch, PharmD, RPh, CDE, CPP, Central Compounding Center, Durham, N.C. 

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 registrar@iacprx.org or by phone at 281.933.8400. 

Don’t miss the only pharmacy compounding event that takes our issues directly to Washington, D.C.’s doorstep.

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

www.iacprx.org/cch 

Compounders on Capitol Hill Attendee Tips to Help Get You Through the Meeting 

If you are attending Compounders on Capitol Hill, IACP has developed a guide to help you plan your itinerary while at the meeting. Click here to review a list of recommendations to get you through the meeting.  Please plan to join us at the meeting's Social Activities. To review a list of Social Activities, click here.

Maps and Transportation in Washington, D.C. 

Click here to view the Washington Metrorail System Map. You may step directly outside the Crystal Gateway Marriott and enter the Metrorail system. Using the blue line indicated on the map, the Metrorail will take you directly to Capitol Hill in approximately 25 minutes.  

The meeting discounts include car rentals and airport shuttle services.  Be sure to take full advantage of all the meeting discounts offered to you as an attendee of Compounders on Capitol Hill.  Discounts from airlines, car rentals and airport shuttle services are provided.  Please click here to learn more about the discount opportunities.

Make Your Restaurant Reservations Now!

After the CE programming is over, plan your evening in Crystal City.  Indulge in fine dining and shopping at the Crystal City Shops and area restaurants. For a complete list of restaurants & directory for Crystal City Shops, click here.

Plan your trip to D.C.!

For your convenience, IACP has created a list of several top things to see and do while at IACP’s 19th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill 2013 in Washington, D.C. Click here to take advantage of our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.!

Looking forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C.!

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.

Click here to read more!  

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 www.iacprx.org/RegionalEducationMeetings.

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 Offers Students Free Membership

IACP Member Benefit Spotlight: Networking

PCAB Update

Contribute to IACP's Public Affairs Fund!

IACP Offers Students Free Membership

Did you know that IACP has more than 1,470 Student Members? IACP offers FREE membership to students currently enrolled at any college or school of pharmacy. Student members are able to take advantage of scholarship opportunities, opportunities to be published and receive assistance with identifying a preceptor. Click here for more information.

IACP Member Benefit Spotlight: Networking 

One of the most talked about benefits IACP members receive is the chance to network with other compounders from across the world. IACP offers events throughout the year for networking, including at the Educational Conference (February), Compounders on Capitol Hill (June), and Regional Meetings (throughout the year). Be sure to check the IACP Compounder Calendar to find upcoming networking events in your area. We look forward to seeing you!   

PCAB Update

Congratulations to the following IACP Members who have achieved Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) Accreditation!  

Avella of Greyhawk, Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., Linda Cappellini, RPh (Re-accreditation for Sterile & Non-Sterile Compounding)

Leesburg Pharmacy Inc. DBA The Compounding Center, Leesburg, Va., Jay Gill, PharmD, (Re-accreditation for Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding)

PCAB Strengthens Accreditation Process

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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