|Capitol Connections March 1, 2013|
March 1, 2013
IACP Sends Letter to The Washington Post Editor Correcting Story
On February 21, 2013, The Washington Post printed an article, "Pharmacy Trade Group Shifts Position on FDA Oversight."
Click here for the details.
IACP Membership Survey: Input on State and Federal Issues
Policymakers at the state and federal level are addressing the need for new or expanded pharmacy compounding oversight in light of the tragic outcome of New England Compounding Center's (NECC) meningitis outbreak. IACP has been actively engaged with lawmakers, policy makers and our colleagues at national and state pharmacy associations. As legislative and regulatory language is crafted, IACP has and will continue to provide input on that language to preserve the rights and abilities of pharmacists to engage in compounding of customized medication solutions.
Member Advisory: Let IACP Know of Drug Shortages
As you all know, we are in an intense period of education and re-education of the public, opinion leaders, and policy makers following the tragic failures at the New England Compounding Center. We are making progress in reinforcing the compounding profession’s commitment to high standards and the best patient care, while also informing the many who are unaware of the crucial role that compounding pharmacists play in the healthcare industry.
IACP Encourages CMS to Work with States on USP Compliance
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued an extensive document reviewing various payment aspects and adjustment of rates for carriers. Within that document (click here) is a section on compounding pharmacy claims. Relevant Section on Compounding begins on Page 136.
IACP has submitted a formal recommendation to CMS that it work with the states to require compliance within each state with United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) standards. Click here to read IACP's letter to CMS.
Rahall Introduces H.R.672
U.S. Representative Nick Rahall (D-WV) has introduced H.R.672, which provides for "increased Federal oversight of prescription opioid treatment and assistance to States in reducing opioid abuse, diversion, and deaths."
Register for USP's Micro Workshop - March 18-19, 2013
The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is hosting a Micro Workshop on March 18–19, 2013, entitled: “Microbiological Control of Compendial Articles: A Workshop on Current Status and Future Directions of Compendial Standards.” The two-day workshop agenda will feature speakers from USP Expert Committees, FDA staff, as well as from the European and Japanese Pharmacopeias. For more details and to register - please click here.
2013 Compounders on Capitol Hill Registration is Open!
The 19th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill (CCH) will be held June 1-4, 2013, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. Located only two miles from Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), the Crystal Gateway Marriott offers immediate lobby access to Washington, D.C.’s world-famous Metro system and a quick ride to all the museums, sights, restaurants, and even the Capitol. Hear from experts during in-depth Continuing Education sessions on legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal level affecting pharmacy compounding.
Compounders on Capitol Hill
June 1-4, 2013
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
Reserve your hotel room online by clicking here.
Register to attend the conference before April 2, 2013 and take advantage of advance discount prices. To register for the conference or for more information, visit www.iacprx.org/cch.
Let the Networking Begin! Join the CCH Ambassador and First-Timer Program!
As a CCH Ambassador, you will be connected with a first-timer prior to the meeting to share ideas, help to better acquaint them at the meeting, and make introductions. If you would like to be connected with a CCH first-timer at this year's conference, please email Michelle Greene.
Thank you to our CCH Exhibitors and Meeting Sponsors!
We would like to thank the following exhibitors for their commitment to Compounders on Capitol Hill: American College of Apothecaries (ACA); Analytical Research Laboratories (ARL); Associates of Cape Cod, Inc.; B&B Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; bioMérieux; Charles River Laboratory; Digi-Trax Corporation; DYNA Labs; EMD Millipore; Exakt Technologies, Inc.; Freedom Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding (IJPC); Letco Medical; Live Oak Bank; MEDISCA; Pharmacy Marketing Quarterly; RXinsider; Storey Marketing; and ZRT Laboratory, LLC.
Boogie Down at IACP Foundation’s 9th Annual Rx Mixer Celebrating Sunday Night Fever
You're invited to a far out fab disco dance with funkadelic good vibes! IACP Foundation's 9th Annual Rx Mixer celebrating Sunday Night Fever which will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. Last year’s Casablanca-themed event was a blast, and this year we are going DISCO! Disco balls, Lava Lamps, big hair and sparkling accessories – transport yourself back to the glam days of Studio 54. The evening will include cocktails, buffet dinner, live auctions, Treasure Boxes and dancing to our funky music DJ. So break out your dancing shoes and make plans to join us for a fun and outta sight night and help fund the IACP Foundation’s research and education initiatives! Enjoy fellowship with your colleagues from around the country while benefiting the IACP Foundation. Every year, the IACP Foundation hosts a fantastic party with a purpose, the Rx Mixer. Be sure to purchase your tickets to attend the 9th Annual Rx Mixer as a part of your Compounders on Capitol Hill registration.
State-by-state Compounding Update
IACP's Compounders Stateside is a one-stop resource for state compounding updates and the latest happenings with the state Boards of Pharmacy. Please be sure to check this page periodically, as it will continue to be updated as situations evolve with each individual state. Click here to view Compounders Stateside which is prominently featured on IACP’s homepage.
IACP is your one-stop resource for all things compounding! CompounderCalendar provides a comprehensive listing of compounding events and continuing education programs.
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