|Capitol Connections November 1, 2013|
November 1, 2013
Senate Bill Passes? Well, Yes and No
Emails and phone calls started flying on Thursday of this week as New England compounding pharmacists awoke to press reports that the Senate had passed comprehensive compounding legislation. It didn't take long for articles and notes to appear on listserves and bulletin boards and phone calls and questions to arrive at the IACP offices.
Yes, on Wednesday night, the Senate in Massachusetts finally acted on compounding legislation. That bill, SB 1899, was a complete replacement of a bill passed previously by the Massachusetts House (HB 3672) and represents the tenth different piece of legislation to regulate compounding in the Commonwealth since the beginning of the year. At this point, the epicenter of the NECC crisis has yet to pass any legislation affecting compounding while almost all other states in the country have either completed their legislation and are beginning regulation drafting or moved directly to updating existing regulations. And things don't look good for any change in that for a while. In SB 1899, the Senate decided to exempt hospitals from new requirements for sterile compounding permits, inspections, and Board of Pharmacy oversight; the House version of the bill required all pharmacies to comply. Both bills appear headed to a conference committee.
Meanwhile, in Washington DC. HR 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act, still awaits action by the U.S. Senate. No vote was taken this week as legislators grapple with the ongoing problems associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, contention over proposed nominees, and a series of highly controversial amendments unrelated to compounding that have been offered up by various Senate offices.
FDA Supports Hydrocodone Move to C-II
Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration formally proposed that all hydrocodone containing medications be reclassified to Schedule II status. Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the agency’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said she expected the new regulations to go into effect in 2014.The recommendation requires the approval of the Department of Health and Human Services and adoption by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which has long pushed for the measure. This announcement comes on the heels of a recommendation from an FDA’s expert advisory panel that voted 19 to 10 in favor of the reclassification earlier this year. Click here to read more from the FDA.
New AVMA Video Addresses Support of API Use in Compounding for Veterinarians
A new American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Video - click here to view - addresses that while AVMA supports Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) use in veterinarian compounding, the FDA's position is that it is illegal. Click here for more from AVMA.
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IACP Welcomes New Corporate Partner
The IACP Corporate Partner program engages corporate leaders in the pharmacy compounding community by connecting them with IACP’s more than 3,600 pharmacists, technicians, students, and members of the compounding community who focus upon the specialty practice of pharmacy compounding. We encourage all IACP members to support these corporate partners that are instrumental in our joint effort to protect and grow this vital part of quality health care. Thank you for your continued support of pharmacy compounding!
Save the Date for Rx Mixer - May 18, 2014!
Flapper dresses, cloche hats and oxford shoes are in vogue for The Roaring Twenties: The Compounding Age — the theme for IACP Foundation’s 10th Annual Rx Mixer, a fundraising event to be held in conjunction with IACP’s 20th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill (CCH), to be held on Sunday, May 18, 2014.
Advance Registration Discount Ends in Less than a Month! Save $50 if you Register Before December 3, 2013
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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 5-8, 2014 at the ocean front property, the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Educational Conference offers superior education and networking opportunities for pharmacists, technicians, marketing representatives, and pharmacy students.
“The ACA, IACP, ACVP Educational Conference meets every objective for professional development and education. It brings the attendee up to date on the latest practices, provides opportunities for interaction with the leaders in the field, creates myriad networking opportunities, and in general instills pride in our professional practice when we learn of best practices and those who are ascending to the very top of the profession.” – Ernest P. Gates, Jr., RPh, FASCP, FIACP, FACA, Gates Healthcare Associates, Inc. (Middleton, MA)
Advance discount deadline ends on or before December 3, 2013. For the latest conference news, visit www.EducationalConference.org.
Thank you to Our Exhibitors and Meeting Sponsors!
We would like to thank the following exhibitors for their commitment to the Educational Conference: Analytical Research Laboratories (ARL); Associates of Cape Cod, Inc; Attix Pharmaceuticals; Charles River; Compounding Matters Academy; Digi-Trax Corporation; EXAKT Technologies, Inc; Fagron; Freedom Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Hardy Diagnostics; Humco Compounding; ICA Health, LLC; International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding (IJPC); International Medical Industries, Inc; KUNESA LLC; Letco Medical; Live Oak Bank; MEDISCA; Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB); PCCA; RX TaxPros; Storey Marketing; Tacit Almonds, LLC; Televox; Topi-Click Topical Dosing Applicator.
We would like to thank the following meeting sponsors for their support of the Educational Conference: Attix Pharmaceuticals (Meeting Syllabus Sponsor); B&B Pharmaceuticals, Inc (Name Badge Holder, Education Session Sponsor); Blesstia Pharmaceutical (Saturday Continental Breakfast with Exhibitor Experience Sponsor); Fagron (Welcome Reception, Education Session Sponsor ); Freedom Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Meeting Tote Bag, Conference Pen, Education Session Sponsor ); Humco Compounding (ACA/ACVP AND IACP Fellowship Luncheon Sponsor, Meeting E-Brochure Sponsor, Education Session Sponsor ); Letco Medical (Celebration Dessert Reception, ACA Education CEnter & IACP AdvanCE Education Sponsor); MEDISCA (Meeting T-Shirt Sponsor); PCCA (Hotel Room Key, Thursday Mid-Day Break with Exhibitor Experience, Education Session Sponsor ); Tacit Almonds, LLC (Media Sponsor); Take Charge Pharmacist Obesity Education System (First Timer Program); Topi-Click Topical Dosing Applicator (Friday Lunch with Exhibitor Experience Sponsor).
We would like to thank the following individual and pharmacy meeting sponsors for their support of the Educational Conference: Bronze Sponsor: Charles Leiter, PharmD, Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy (San Jose, CA); Contributor Sponsor: Linda McElhiney, PharmD, RPh, FIACP,FACA, FASHP, Indiana University Health (Indianapolis, IN).
To learn more about the exhibitors and meeting sponsors click here.
Join IACP as we Celebrate 20 Years of Compounders on Capitol Hill!
The 20th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill (CCH) will be held May 17-20, 2014 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. With an expected 400 total attendees in 2014, CCH 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.
Here's Five Reasons Why You Should Attend CCH 2014!
Start planning now! Reserve your hotel room on or before Monday, April 21, 2014 to receive the IACP group rate. To learn more about CCH, visit www.iacprx.org/cch.
20th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill
IACP’s David G. Miller, RPh to Speak on Compounding Pharmacy Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Nov. 9
The IACP Regional Education Meeting is headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, November 9, 2013 for the IACP Regional Education Meeting that is being held in conjunction with Freedom Pharmaceutical's 2nd Annual Seminar. Register today for both!
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 affect you and your practice. Attendees will receive 2.0 contact hours (.20 CEUs) of ACPE-approved LIVE LAW continuing education credit.
Tulsa, Oklahoma – November 9, 2013 7 Days Left to Register!
This meeting is held in conjunction with Freedom’s November CPCSI training and the Freedom Pharmaceuticals 2nd Annual Seminar. For more information click here.
Scottsdale, Arizona – March 21, 2014
Joint Registration with the 2014 Functional Medicine Conference: This meeting is held in conjunction with the 2014 Functional Medicine Conference presented by ZRT Lab and Storey Marketing, to be held March 21-23, 2014 at the FireSky Resort & Spa in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ. A discounted package rate with Friday’s Marketing Update and/or the 2014 Functional Medicine Conference is available. Please visit www.functionalmedconference.com for more information and to register for the discounted package rates.
Registration for the IACP Regional Education Meeting in Scottsdale Only: $20 for IACP Members, $40 for Non-Members, and Free for Pharmacy Students
This program is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant-in-aid from Storey Marketing.
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 Atkinson or call 281.933.8400. For more information on sponsorship, please click here. For more information on hosting, please click here.
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