|Capitol Connections November 15, 2013|
November 15, 2013
HR 3204 Vote Pushed to Monday, November 18th
IACP has received word that the HR 3204 vote currently on the Senate floor has been pushed back to Monday, November 18th, 2013. The delay has occurred as the debate continues with Senator Vitter's efforts to have a vote on the healthcare amendment.
In today's CQ Roll Call, it's reported that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a motion this afternoon, "to end debate on compounding pharmacy legislation, while queuing up defense authorization and a judicial nominee for floor action next week."
Says, Reid, “Unless the entire United States Senate bends to that one senator’s wish — the one that voted ‘no’ 97-1 it was — he will force this body to jump through hoops and work through next several days wasting time to finish this crucial drug safety bill."
IACP will continue to keep our members informed of further updates.
Cynthia E. Blankenship, Esq., Joins IACP as Vice President Government Affairs
The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) has named Cynthia E. Blankenship, Esq., as its new Vice President of Government Affairs.
In her new IACP role, Blankenship serves as primary contact for Congress, federal and state regulatory agencies and other interests concerning IACP policies and activities associated with its advocacy efforts. Additionally, Ms. Blankenship manages IACP’s Political Action Committee (COMP-PAC) and directly oversees compliance with the Federal Election Commission related federal election laws. Ms. Blankenship works with IACP governance committees and other internal groups to develop a comprehensive strategy and approach to address the legislative and regulatory issues and concerns to compounding pharmacists; and, continually strives to increase the involvement and awareness of IACP and its members in these areas. Ms. Blankenship also is IACP’s point of contact with outside organizations and affiliations on matters of policy affecting compounding pharmacists and their practices.
“I'm looking forward to working with this important sector of the pharmacy profession—the compounding pharmacist,” Blankenship said. “The compounding pharmacist’s ability to individualize medications that ensures the most appropriate dose and delivery system improves compliance, adherence and overall patient health outcomes. The provision of personalized medication solutions is the epitome of a patient-centric approach to health care.”
IACP wishes Sarah Dodge-Palmer, who has accepted a VP of Government Affairs role at the American Wood Council, the very best. We thank Sarah for all of her outstanding efforts on behalf of our membership and pharmacy compounding.
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Reports on New 17-P Study
From the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and what IACP, the FDA and compounding pharmacists have been saying all along: "Compounded Medication to Prevent Preterm Birth Not a Safety Risk, University of Pittsburgh Study Confirms."
Excerpted from this article: ""Contrary to the report provided by the company that markets Makena, we found that 17-OHPC from compounding pharmacies raised no safety concerns about drug potency, sterility or purity," said Steve N. Caritis, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Pitt, and the study's corresponding author. Dr. Caritis cautioned, however, that the sample size was small and the findings cannot be applied to all compounded products or pharmacies."
IACP's David Miller and Deborah A. Pearce to Present an American Bar Association Webinar, The Formula for Successful Representation of Compounding Pharmacies, Nov. 22nd
IACP's David G. Miller, RPh, CEO, and Deborah A. Pearce, Acting General Counsel of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, will present an American Bar Association webinar, "The Formula for Successful Representation of Compounding Pharmacies," on Friday, November 22, 2013. Click here for more information.
Industry Update: Johnson & Johnson to Pay $2 Billion for False Marketing
Johnson & Johnson will pay $2.2 billion to settle charges that the company marketed drugs for unapproved uses and paid "kickbacks" to doctors and nursing homes. Click here to read the article.
Corporate Partner Spotlight: EMD Millipore Corporation
Author: Anne Connors
Testing Final Products to Ensure Sterility and Patient Safety
Sterility and media fill testing are critical elements of quality control (QC) microbiology programs for compounding pharmacies. The tests are used to identify contamination of final products, which can be introduced in the production process by infected personnel, unclean surfaces and poor air quality. As such, robust sterility and media fill testing procedures should be implemented to minimize risk of product recall and ensure consumer safety. Click here to review entire article.
Advance Registration Discount Ends in Less than a Month! Save $50 if you Register Before December 3, 2013
Connect and network with fellow colleagues.
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.
Register before November 24, 2013 and be automatically entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Just in time for your holiday shopping! On Monday, November 25, the winner will be draw and contacted directly.
Review the complete meeting agenda; learn what's new in 2014; why pharmacy students should attend, and much more! Click here to download the 2014 Educational Conference e-brochure, sponsored by ACA & IACP Corporate Partner Humco Compounding.
The Flipbook technology for the e-brochure was generously provided by RXinsider. For all the latest meeting details, visit www.EducationalConference.org
Science and Practice Poster Presentation Showcase
The deadline for submission of abstracts is December 3, 2013. To download the Poster Presentation Application and Scholarship Application, visit www.EducationalConference.org/PosterPresentations.html.
Advance discount deadline ends on or before December 3, 2013. For the latest conference news, visit www.EducationalConference.org.
Play an active role in your profession! Create your own video and share why you believe its important to attend the Educational Conference!
You can help spread the word about the ACA/IACP/ACVP Educational Conference among your friends, colleagues, and clients! Over the next several months, we’d like you to join us in the fun leading up to the conference by creating a short testimonial video. Create your own short video (2 minutes or less) letting others know why you believe it’s important and vital to your profession to attend the ACA/IACP/ACVP Educational Conference. Your video will be used in meeting promotions including the IACP YouTube page, the meeting webpage, and on our social media websites.
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You may submit your videos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once submitted, we’ll brand it with the meeting logo and issue it in future promotions. We do ask that you help us share it among your network and web pages. For additional information contact Meridyth Moore at email@example.com.
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).
To learn more about the exhibitors and meeting sponsors click here.
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: Johannes Heine, MBA, KUNESA LLC (Coral Gables, FL); Arthur Margolis, RPh, America’s Compounding Center (Newton, MA); Linda McElhiney, PharmD, RPh, FIACP,FACA, FASHP, Indiana University Health (Indianapolis, IN).
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
Tulsa, Oklahoma Regional Education Meeting Recap
The IACP Regional Education Meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, November 9, 2013 hosted 70 pharmacists, technicians, marketing representatives, and pharmacy students for an evening of networking while listening to a legislative and regulatory presentation by IACP’s David G. Miller, RPh. A big thank you to our host Freedom Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
IACP Regional Education Meeting Headed to Scottsdale, Arizona!
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. We hope you’ll join us for an evening of compounding pharmacy law education, Q&A, and networking with your local compounders! For more information, please visit www.iacprx.org/RegionalEducationMeetings.
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.
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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