IACP Message Points: Why the Current Draft of S. 959 is Still Unworkable
- The compounding community has been collaborating with lawmakers and their staff on the development of legislation that will ensure we never have another NECC.
- The bill that has emerged from the Senate HELP Committee, Senate 959, will not protect patient safety and therefore IACP and the compounding community is not supporting it at this time.
- The bill exempts hospitals, health systems, and pharmacy benefit managers from the very protections it is putting in place, and we believe that these large exemptions will create safety gaps. We believe that every patient should be assured of the same level of safety, whether they get their compounded medications from a pharmacy, a hospital, or a mail order pharmacy.
- The bill also could interfere with patient access to compounded medications. For instance, it prohibits the re-packaging of certain medications even when those re-packaged medications are far less costly. It creates restrictions on anticipatory compounding and office use, two methods for patients receiving medications when they need them.
Posted on 7.30.13