Happy New Year From IACP! We look forward to Serving You in 2015.
Thanks for Being a Member.
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.
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IACP and 2014 - A Year in Review
- IACP was successful in the introduction of legislation in the U.S. Senate to allow the constructive delivery of a controlled substance to a DEA registered practitioner
- Obtained language within the FY 2015 Appropriations legislation limiting FDA oversight over 503A compounding pharmacies.
- Initiated the “Fix DQSA Initiative” and formed the Drug Quality and Security Act Coalition comprised of pharmacy, physician, and other practitioner stakeholders. The Coalition’s first action was to send a letter signed by more than 20 organizations to Congress, stating concerns with FDA efforts to prohibit office-use and repackaging in limiting patient access to vital medication.
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IACP Announces the 2015 Board Election Results!
Our 2015 Board of Directors election has officially come to an end. Thank you to all IACP Members who took time to vote for your future!
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LAST CALL - IACP Members: Participate in a Veterinary Compounding Survey
IACP believes that there will be veterinary compounding legislation coming in the new year, potentially bringing more federal oversight. The IACP Board of Directors would like to assess the impact this potential legislation could have upon our membership in order to determine the level of priority they should place on the issue. Your input is invaluable.
We have received survey responses thus far from 20 IACP Members. If you haven't participated, please help the IACP Board determine the priority level that should be placed upon this issue.
Please click here to participate in the survey. Please complete the survey by January 20, 2015. Your responses will be kept confidential.
FWA – An Important Acronym
FWA stands for “Fraud, Waste and Abuse” and is a core initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the CMS, and the Office of Inspector General. In 2013, efforts to collect on improper payments to health care providers recovered $5.8 billion and when the final tally is made, another $4.9 billion was recouped in 2014. Recovery of funds from government healthcare programs is one of the funding sources for the Affordable Care Act (ACA, often called Obamacare) and represents a major focus for investigations for the next several years.
Just before Christmas, the Department of Justice filed a False Claims Act complaint against Omnicare, Inc., alleging that Abbott Laboratories paid kickbacks to encourage Omnicare pharmacists to recommend or switch nursing home patients to its products. Click here for more. The False Claims Act enables the government to not only recover the money paid for those processed prescription claims but also treble damages.
You can learn more about FWA and how to protect your practice from both intentional and inadvertent investigations by participating in IACP’s upcoming live web-based continuing education program Schemes, Scams and FlimFlams: How the Pharmacy Can Recognize and Avoid Fraud Landmines on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM Eastern/1:00 PM Central. For more information and to register for this webinar, please click here.
Old Habits Could Be Costly
It takes a while for most people to break the habit of writing “2014” on correspondence. Most people understand that a letter or payment received with an accidental “2014” know that you really intended it to read “2015.”
The first day of the year isn’t just a change in the date, it also is one of the days most frequently cited in state legislation and regulations for when new laws go into effect. And continuing habits from 2014 into 2015 can lead to unintentional violations of those laws.
In compounding, many new regulations and changes went into effect on January 1, including:
•California – clarified that any 503B outsourcing facility must also register as a pharmacy in the state.
•Maryland – formally delayed its sterile compounding permit requirements from January 1 to July 1, 2015.
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Join the IACP Town Hall Wednesday, January 14th, Featuring USP <800> Update
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
3:00 pm EST – 2:00 pm CST – 1:00 pm MST – 12:00 pm PST
IACP’s First Town Hall of the New Year!
Special Guest – U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP’s) Patricia C. Kienle, RPh, MPA, FASHP, Chair of USP’s Compounding with Hazardous Drugs Expert Panel: Update on the Proposed USP <800> Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
If there’s a specific question you would like addressed during the briefing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the Town Hall.
If you are unable to participate, the Town Hall Meeting will be recorded and posted to the Member Center of the IACP website at www.iacprx.org.
Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB), a service of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), has announced that it will hold a PCAB compounding pharmacy accreditation workshop at its headquarters in Cary, N.C. on February 10 and 11, 2015. The workshop will educate pharmacy personnel on the requirements needed to achieve and maintain compliance with PCAB Accreditation Standards for non-sterile and sterile compounding.
The workshop will be instructed by leading industry experts, including ACHC Associate Director of Pharmacy, Jon Pritchett, PharmD, RPh, and former PCAB Executive Director, Joe Cabaleiro, RPh. Please view the official Press Release found here .
ACHC will also be holding additional educational sessions throughout the year. For a full list of events as well as additional information, please click here.
FDA Drug Shortages Update
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IACP Regional Education Meeting Heading to Philadelphia, PA and Tampa, FL!
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. Listen to David G. Miller, RPh, IACP’s Executive Vice President & CEO 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 are affecting compounders today.
Attendees will learn how regulatory initiatives and court decisions have influenced the regulation of compounders, the authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when inspecting compounding pharmacies, and up-to-date information on the current federal proposed legislation. Are YOU current on your compounding pharmacy law? Never assume.
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IACP Member Kate James, RPh, FIACP, Broadway Apothecary Compounding Pharmacy, Eugene, Ore., has been appointed to the Oregon State Board of Pharmacy. Her appointment began July 1, 2014, and runs until June 30, 2018. Please click here to read the State Board's newsletter announcement.
Did you see this? Growing Number of Restrictions in ACA Drug Coverage. Click here to read the article.
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IACP Member Q&A
Every week, IACP members contact our offices for questions about practice, business, legislation and other issues. In every issue of Capitol Connections, we'll highlight a question we've been asked that affects many of our members. If you have a question you'd like answered, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm in the process of registering my pharmacy in another state. Do I also have to have a pharmacist also obtain a license in that state to qualify?
In 2014, the following states required that for each non-resident pharmacy permit issued, the pharmacy must also employ an individual pharmacist who has a license for that state:
Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Idaho*, Maryland, Massachusetts*, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia
*Rules and regulations in development.
Because licensure and permit requirements change regularly, double-check the current website and information provided by the state into which you wish to obtain a pharmacy permit to make sure that you are aware of all of the necessary licensing mandates.
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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 25-28, 2015, at the ocean front property, the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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Advocate: Why You Should Attend #EduCon2015!
Take advantage of the Educational Conference 2015 Justification Letter and explain to your supervisor all the benefits you’ll receive from attending the ACA, IACP, ACVP Educational Conference!
The justification letter template includes how the conference will make you a better employee and what you and the pharmacy can expect to receive from attending. Click here to access the Educational Conference 2015 Justification Letter.
ACA, IACP, ACVP Educational Conference Graphic Toolkit Now Available!
This is an opportunity to let your patient and prescriber communities know that you will be attending the Educational Conference this year! Promote the Conference on your pharmacy or company website, Facebook page and even in print! Attendees, Corporate Partners and Exhibiting Companies are all encouraged to promote their support by using the Graphic Toolkit. The Educational Conference Graphic Toolkit includes a logo/web banner, Facebook Cover Image, “I’m Attending” e-mail signature as well as full page, ¼-page, and ½-page print ads.
Share that you’re attending! Click here to download the Graphic Toolkit.
The 2015 Educational Conference E- brochure is Now Available!
Review the complete meeting agenda; learn what's new in 2015; why pharmacy students should attend, and much more!
Click here to download the 2015 Educational Conference E-brochure, sponsored by ACA & IACP Corporate Partner Humco Compounding. The Flipbook technology for the E-brochure was generously provided by RXinsider.
IACP Members: Don't Miss the Only Political Action Committee for Compounders
Please plan to join IACP's Executive Vice President & CEO David G. Miller, RPh, and Vice President of Government Affairs Cynthia E. Blankenship, Esq., at IACP’s COMP PAC Reception Friday, February 27, 2015 during the 2015 ACA, IACP, ACVP Educational Conference.
Why is a political action committee and COMP PAC important?
COMP PAC uses its funds to support those legislators that have demonstrated a commitment to compounding pharmacy and have expressed interest in advancing our legislative goals.
When the 114th Congress takes its oath of office on January 3, IACP will already have three major legislative priorities in the works that directly address YOUR needs.
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The Compound Conference is the only conference annually partnering with a state pharmacy association, bringing together the leaders in the pharmacy compounding profession. At the Compound Conference, attendees have an unprecedented opportunity to meet face-to-face with compounding pharmacists, technicians, and marketing representatives in their home state. Offering a variety of Continuing Education sessions focused on understanding the essentials in building a compounding practice, the 2015 Compound Conference is a joint meeting with the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) and the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP). Don’t miss this unique conference bringing together two leading pharmacy associations, August 15, 2015 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton in Columbus, Ohio.
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CCH Registration is Open!
The 21st Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill (CCH) will be held June 6-9, 2015 at the Renaissance Washington, in Washington D.C. With more than 400 expected attendees in 2015, Compounders on Capitol Hill brings together the top-level compounding pharmacists and technicians from across the country with the same goal – to protect pharmacy compounding. Don’t miss the only pharmacy compounding event that takes our issues directly to Washington, D.C.’s doorstep.
CCH returns to Downtown Washington, D.C.! Conveniently situated in the Penn Quarter district, this premier location is surrounded by shops, a variety of dining options, the Spy Museum, Chinatown, the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and world-famous National Mall monuments.
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Schemes, Scams and FlimFlams: How the Pharmacy Can Recognize Landmines - IACP's January 21st Webinar
It would be nice if pharmacies operated in the “real world”…. The world inhabited by auto parts stores and widget manufacturers. Unfortunately, pharmacies are not in the real world.They are in Alice in Wonderland where “up is down, down is up, and every day they climb through the proverbial rabbit hole.” In this alternative universe, pharmacies are subjected to numerous federal and state anti-fraud statutes and regulations. What would be perfectly acceptable in the auto parts world may be a felony in the health care world. This program will discuss the many anti-fraud statutes and regulations that the pharmacy must follow. More importantly, this program will teach the pharmacy how to recognize fraud landmines so that the pharmacy does not step on them.
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Need CE Sooner than Later? Check Out the Best of IACP AdvanCE's 2014 Programs in the Self-Paced Library!
If you were unable to attend our live webinars, they have been added to the IACP AdvanCE self-paced online program line-up so that you can review at your convenience 24/7. Please click here to access the self-paced programs.
Webinar topics include:
Endotoxin Testing and Environmental Monitoring for Your Pharmacy
Regulatory Guidelines and Standards of Practice for Pharmacy Compounding
Overcoming USP <797> Common Non-Compliance Issues for Sterile Compounding
“Constructive Delivery” Under the Controlled Substances Act
Building a Compounding Pharmacy: Lessons Learned
Essentials of Non-Sterile Compounding
Compounding Pharmacies and the USP <71> Sterility Tests
Practicing Evidence Based Medicine: From IRB Approval to Bench Research