|A Message From IACP President Dale Coker, RPh, FIACP|
The beginning of a new year is always a good time to peek back at the previous year to review lessons learned and progress made in order to help prepare a plan for the future. My predecessors, Wade Siefert, RPh, and Pat Stephens, PharmD, helped navigate the waters through crisis mode in 2013, and damage control in 2014. These servants need to be applauded and thanked for their diligence. While the intensity level of the storm has died down, it is time for IACP to set a solid plan for the future and replenish our war reserves for the next looming battle.
The planning for 2015 actually began early in 2014 with some tweaks to our by-laws and governance policies. Then in July, a work group convened in Chicago to lay out a strategic plan for the next three years. Before the ink was dry, the plan began to be put into motion. Since government affairs is always a key component of IACP's activities, a Legislative Committee was formed under the excellent leadership of Scott Wepfer, RPh, FIACP, to monitor legislation and make recommendations to the Board for our legislative agenda.
A key component to our strategic plan is to be very intentional about forming alliances to help protect and advance pharmacy compounding. That work has already begun with an unprecedented alliance of associations from the pharmacy and medical communities. This alliance has come together under the leadership of IACP to lobby Congress for technical fixes to the Drug Quality and Security Act and/or a legislative remedy, specifically for office use compounding and repackaging.
In order for our strategic plan to be successful, we need your help. My three main goals for 2015 are as follows:
1. Ensure that the strategic plan is implemented
2. Increase our P3 (Partnership for Personalized Prescriptions) Advocacy to 200,000 members
3. Increase our fund-raising efforts to replenish our reserves
We have a solid plan for the future of IACP; but, it cannot be accomplished without the support and buy-in from our membership. We need your help to form relationships with your elected officials... We need your help to encourage your patients and prescribers to sign on to our P3 Advocacy Program... We need your help financially.
I have chosen the theme "Harnessing Change" for 2015, so I am issuing a challenge to saddle up with me for the ride. We will have to ride together to be effective in dealing with and shaping change that is sure to come.
Tell us how compounded pharmaceuticals have helped you, someone you know, or how you have helped someone as a practicing compounding pharmacist. Help us protect your continued access to pharmacy compounding!
Share the P3 community and the value and necessity of personalized prescriptions with your friends.