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Capitol Connections Archive [July 26, 2013] [07.26.13]
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Senate HELP Committee Revises S. 959 Draft Bill

Join IACP for Special Town Hall on S. 959 Sunday, July 28th

TriCare Delays its Reimbursement Restrictions on Compounded Prescriptions

IACP's David Miller Testifies at House Energy & Commerce Hearing

IACP's P2C2 Advocacy Postcards Now Available for Member Download!

ACA IACP ACVP Educational Conference - Save the Date & New Location!

Events & Education

Join Us for the Next IACP AdvanCE LIVE Webinar on Patient Safety Organizations!

Tara Modisett, Executive Director, Alliance for Patient Medication Safety and Peggy Binzer, JD, Attorney, Polsinelli PC will be presenting Working with a Patient Safety Organization: Improve Quality and Reduce Legal Risk on Thursday, August 22 at 1:00 pm CT (11:00 PT / 12:00 MT / 2:00 ET). In this one-hour webinar you will learn how to align your business strategies with the PSQIA’s objectives of improving quality, enhancing liability protections and reducing dispensing errors.

The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA or the Act) was passed to create a culture of safety in the practice of medicine, including in pharmacy practice. The Act provides an event reporting shield for medication dispensing errors to remove fear of legal liability, professional sanctions, and injury to professional reputation that prevents pharmacists from sharing information that can improve quality. The Patient Safety Organization (PSO) framework provides an opportunity for pharmacies to participate in continuous quality improvement in a safe environment so that pharmacists can share information about trends and best practices associated with dispensing errors or other medication errors with absolute confidentiality and insulated from discovery and litigation.

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

  • Define the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA).
  • Identify the operational and legal benefits of working with a Patient Safety Organization (PSO).
  • Outline elements of a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program.
  • Describe two Alliance for Patient Medication Safety (APMS) programs that collect and analyze quality-related patient safety data.

 

This program is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant-in-aid from Fagron.  

Where You Unable to Attend the Recent Media Relations Webinar on July 11th?

Not to worry! The IACP AdvanCE webinar Media Relations for Your Pharmacy presented by David A. Ball, MS and Greg Turner from Ball Consulting Group, LLC will be converted to the self-paced IACP AdvanCE library on Friday, July 12th. Please click here to view IACP AdvanCE’s self-paced online webinars that are available today.

This program is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant-in-aid from Fagron.

IACP AdvanCE Webinar Sponsorship

The IACP AdvanCE Webinar Sponsorship is a unique opportunity for your company as you will not only have exposure to live webinar attendees, but you also will receive future exposure and continued visibility when the live webinar is housed in the self-paced online webinar library. This is a great opportunity to support IACP and demonstrate to its members your commitment to their professional development. Sponsors may choose the webinar topic they’d like to sponsor when multiple live webinars are available. For a detailed listing of the benefits of the IACP AdvanCE Webinar Sponsorship, please click here.

If you would like to discuss the IACP AdvanCE Webinar Sponsorship in greater detail or for a listing of available webinar sponsorships, please email
Michelle Greene or call 281.933.8400.

To receive CE credit, you must submit your NABP e-Profile ID and birth date!

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are now required to submit their NABP e-Profile ID to receive credit for any ACPE-accredited CPE session. The new electronic system, CPE Monitor, will now track completed CPE credits online for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Please click here to register for your NABP e-Profile ID. You will be asked for your NABP e-Profile ID and date of birth during the registration process to receive CE credit.

It is the responsibility of the CPE attendee to provide their correct NABP e-Profile ID and birth date. If incorrect information is provided, the record will be rejected by CPE Monitor and the CPE credit will not be awarded.

Beginning January 1, 2013, a certificate of attendance is not sufficient to record your CE credit. All credits will be filed electronically on your behalf with NABP’s CPE Monitor.

If you requested Continuing Education credit during registration or at the completion of a program, your CPE credits will be uploaded to the CPE Monitor System within 60 days of completion. If you do not see CPE activity displayed for a session that you attended and it has been more than 60 days since you submitted the CPE to the provider, please contact your CPE provider. If you have any questions regarding IACP continuing education programs, please email
Michelle Greene or call the IACP office at (281) 933-8400.   

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.

 

July 26, 2013

Senate HELP Committee Revises S. 959 Draft Bill

Revisions to the S. 959 Draft Pharmacy Compounding Bill were released last Wednesday evening. Although the newly revised draft includes changes that IACP was successful in influencing (click here to view the evolution of the draft bill with IACP's input), the draft as it currently stands is still unworkable, and would negatively impact patients' access and pharmacists' ability to provide pharmacy compounds.

Please see links below to access current S. 959 revisions (please note that all of the following links are Senate documents, not IACP documents):

Please click here to view the newly revised S. 959 draft.

Please click here for a summary of the changes.

Please click here for a summary of the changes, section by section.

Please click here to view an FAQ regarding S. 959.

Please click here to view the Congressional Budget Office's Cost Estimate for S. 959.

What is the Real Story on S. 959's Status?

There has been considerable information swirling (some accurate, some inaccurate, some pure speculation) on S. 959's status. The bill is not scheduled for a vote either yesterday or today. There are sufficient questions already being raised by Senate offices based upon the dissemination of the revised draft on Wednesday, July 24th to forestall any efforts to achieve a unanimous consent. The latest schedule for the Senate floor actions released this morning and reconfirmed does not yet list S. 959 for consideration. We will be going through all these rumors and speculations -- which unfortunately only create more confusion and uncertainty in the professional community -- during IACP's Town Hall teleconference on Sunday evening. See below article.

A CQ Roll Call article issued this week is consistent with what IACP has learned. This is a publication read routinely by Senate and House offices. Click here for the article.

Join IACP for Special Town Hall on S. 959 Sunday, July 28th


Join IACP's Executive Vice President/CEO David G. Miller, RPh, for a special Member Town Hall on Sunday, July 28th, 8 pm EST, as he walks you through the newly revised S. 959 Draft Bill, answers all of your questions, and provides you with action steps for going forward. Even with this week's revisions, S. 959 is still unworkable. Don't miss this important Town Hall charting our next steps.

A Blast Fax was distributed with all of the call-in numbers and information for this Town Hall. Please email iacpinfo@iacprx.org with your current fax number if you did not receive this blast fax.

The Town Hall will be recorded and will be available on the Members only site in the coming week. Please email your questions to iacpinfo@iacprx.org whether you can attend the live session or not, so we can address your questions at the Town Hall.

TriCare Delays its Reimbursement Restrictions on Compounded Prescriptions

Tricare, the federal health benefit program for Americans serving in the military, veterans, and their families, has recently delayed implementation of a decision to stop coverage of compounded medications. Multiple meetings with the Armed Services Committees of the House and Senate have paid off. TriCare and its contracted PBM Express Scripts have announced a 6-month "hold" on its decision to suspend reimbursement for API-based compounded medicines.

IACP believes this plan should be discarded, not simply delayed. IACP is continuing to work with key groups on this issue and will keep its members apprised of further news.

Please click here for the Express-Scripts/Tricare website information on compounded medications.

IACP's David Miller Testifies at House Energy & Commerce Hearing

Last Tuesday, July 16th, IACP testified before a House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health to provide its perspective on S. 959 as well as legislation currently under development by Congressman Morgan Griffith (R- VA). The three-hour hearing can be viewed on the Committee's website - click here.

IACP has submitted additional comments to the Griffith draft. Right now, ongoing discussion about whether volume should be an indicator of whether a pharmacy is a manufacturer - a point the FDA would like to see included - are of particular concern to IACP. Your Academy will keep you informed of the latest information on this developing House draft.

IACP's P2C2 Advocacy Postcards Now Available for Member Download!

IACP's Patients and Professionals for Customized Care (P2C2)advocacy group now encompasses more than 164,000 patients and practitioners who have enlisted to protect and preserve pharmacy compounding! IACP is working to increase this support base to 200,000 members in 2013 to make our voices even stronger! P2C2 brings together people who know first-hand that compounded medicines are a critical part of modern, individualized health care and provides them the necessary tools to ensure that access to personalized medication solutions remains possible.

As part of this effort, IACP designed a selection of P2C2 postcards to help you communicate to your patients and practitioners about the immense value of compounding, and how they can help protect their access to personalized medications. IACP is now offering these postcards to you for FREE download. Click below to access P2C2 Postcard Artwork. Printed P2C2 postcards can still be ordered from IACP -
Click here for an Order Form.

Pharmacy Compounding - General

Compounding for Bio-identical Hormone Patients

Compounding for Veterinary Patients

Compounding for Pediatric Patients

Compounding for Geriatric Patients  

Call for Nominations - 2014 IACP Board of Directors Elections

IACP’s nominating process for the 2014 Board of Directors election cycle is now open! The Bylaws of IACP set forth an open election process with nominations for candidates accepted directly from the membership. Interested candidates may be nominated or may be self-nominated to the IACP Nominating Committee chaired by IACP Immediate Past President Scott Karolchyk, MS, RPh, FIACP. The IACP Board of Directors receives the Nominating Committee report at its October Board Meeting, approves the slate of candidates, and then all qualified IACP members are able to participate in the election process held each November.

This year, there are seven Board of Directors’ seats for which candidates are sought as well nominees for the position of IACP Vice President. Click here for more information.

Be One Get One Membership Campaign: Help Grow IACP this Summer

We know how important a collective voice of compounding is and that NOW is the time to grow that voice. You can help by participating in the IACP Be One Get One Campaign. When it comes to spreading the word about the value of membership, no one does it better than YOU, a current member.

The campaign aims to grow IACP’s membership by recruiting from within our own members’ pharmacies. Ever thought of gifting your staff with a membership? Or encouraging them to join the only association that represents pharmacy compounders in the legislative & regulatory affairs arena? NOW is the time to do it!

Together we stand to support pharmacy compounding on the local, national, and international levels. We need you to step up to the plate and help us make sure that compounding pharmacy has a bright future!

This summer IACP is offering a discount for new memberships. Register at least one new staff pharmacist and one new technician and get BOTH first year membership fees for a discounted $300 with our 1+1=300 summer special! Click here for more information.

Click here for more information or to participate in IACP’s Be One Get One Campaign. 

Selecting an API Supplier – Did You Know?

Aside from the general business terms and conditions compounding pharmacists ordinarily review, for any new potential supplier of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), you should always require the following:

1.    Evidence of their current licensure as a wholesaler/distributor in the state in which you practice. That's required. Some suppliers do not do business in some states because they choose to be only regional.
2.    Evidence of their status as a registrant with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Manufacturers, wholesalers, suppliers, distributors, importers, etc. must register with the FDA and be subject to regular inspections and compliance with laws and regulations.  You can do some of that verification yourself by visiting
FDA's website. Please send an email to iacpinfo@iacprx.org with any questions.  

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 Veterinary 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! 

Why You Should Attend the ACA, IACP, ACVP Educational Conference

Click on the image below to learn more about Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

Discover another side of yourself in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Charter a fishing boat for an afternoon adventure. Relax at the spa. Fort Lauderdale is famous for its beaches, arts, culture and events. From shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, to gondola rides on the canals, to a historic riverfront. It's all part of a vacation that goes beyond the ordinary. 

Stay tuned! Registration will open August of 2013.

Educational Conference
February 5-8, 2014
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

www.EducationalConference.org 

Chicago, IL Regional Education Meeting Recap!

The IACP Regional Education Meeting in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, July 25, 2013 hosted 40 pharmacists, technicians, and pharmacy students! Attendees listened to IACP’s Executive Vice President & CEO David G. Miller, RPh as he presented a two-hour dynamic presentation titled, Pharmacy Compounding Law and Regulations: Staying Current in a Changing World."

A big thank you to Mark Drugs Roselle Pharmacy for hosting the IACP Regional Education Meeting!

IACP’s David G. Miller is Headed to Austin, TX; Houston, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; and Tulsa, OK!

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 for more details!

  

 

 

Austin, Texas  – August 6, 2013
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Peoples Rx Pharmacy
3801 South Lamar, Austin, TX 78704
Click here to view the event flyer for more details!

 

 Houston, Texas  – August 8, 2013
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
IACP Corporate Headquarters
4638 Riverstone Blvd, Missouri City, TX 77459
Click here to view the event flyer for more details!

 

Salt Lake City, Utah – September 26, 2013
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.     Check-in period with pizza & refreshments
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.     Educational Session
9:30 - 10:00 p.m.   Q&A with David Miller and Department of Professional Licensing’s Compounding Task Force: Kavish Choudary , Christopher Cox, Kort Delost , Missy Duke, Trip Hoffman, Christine Jacobsen , Dean Jolley, Adam Jones, Wayne Jones, Dallas Moore, Jim Ruble, Evan Vickers, Angela Whitney, and Victoria Zippi

Roseman University of Health Sciences, P2 Classroom, 1st Floor
10920 S. River Front Parkway, South Jordan, UT 84095
Click here to view the event flyer for more details!


 
Tulsa, Oklahoma – November 9, 2013
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Tulsa, Diplomat Room, 2nd Floor
100 East 2nd Street, Tulsa, OK 74103
Click Here to View the Event Flyer for More Details!

 

 

This meeting will correspond with Freedom’s November CPCSI training and the Freedom Pharmaceuticals 2nd Annual Seminar. More information coming soon.

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. 

IACP Career Center

Welcome to the IACP Career Center!

Your destination for exciting job opportunities and the best resource for qualified candidates within the Industry.

Click here to view the IACP Career Center. 

  

 Stay connected to IACP by joining our online communities!

                       

 

In this Section

Share your Knowledge - Become a Preceptor!

Healthway Compounding Pharmacy Hosts Congressman Kildee

IACP Fax Facts Keeps you Informed!

Share your Knowledge - Become a Preceptor!

Looking to help develop a young mind and expand the learning experience outside of the classroom? Become a preceptor today!

IACP has 1,500 student members who would love an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and learn from the best. Please sign up today at iacpinfo@iacprx.org.

Healthway Compounding Pharmacy Hosts Congressman Kildee

U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) toured PCAB-accredited Healthway Compounding Pharmacy in Saginaw, Mich., on July 12th. Owner/Pharmacist Michael Collins, RPh, FIACP, invited Cong. Kildee to familiarize him on the operating procedures and safety practices of a compounding pharmacy, as well as to discuss why the proposed S. 959 legislation would have a negative impact upon many patients. Collins recommended how the draft bill could be altered while still keeping the safety and best interests of patients in mind.

Collins invited Cong. Kildee to tour his pharmacy while participating in IACP's 19th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill in D.C.

Are you interested in inviting your representatives to your pharmacy? IACP's Vice President of Government Affairs, Sarah Dodge, can provide you with information on how to host a successful visit! Please email her at sarahdodge@iacprx.org for more information.
 

IACP Fax Facts Keeps you Informed!

IACP Fax Facts is a weekly fax to help keep you up-to-date on the quickly evolving legislative, state board and regulatory environment. Look for this fax every week, as IACP provides you with the latest news and information important to pharmacy compounding and your practice.   Previous Fax Facts issues can be found in the IACP Members Only Site - Communications Tab.

Fax Facts is a hit!
We've heard from many members that they enjoy the short, pointed and timely messaging in IACP's Fax Facts! If you did not receive IACP's fax, please email
iacpinfo@iacprx.org with your current fax number. Please also contact us with any questions on this information!

 

 

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