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Capitol Connections May 14, 2014
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May 14, 2014  

Just Like Being There in Person Without the Travel! IACP Announces Third-Annual 2014 “Virtual Hill Day”

On May 17-20, 2014, more than 400 compounding pharmacists and pharmacy technicians just like you will be gathered together for IACP’s 20th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill conference in Washington, DC. On Tuesday, May 20th, your colleagues will be pounding the hallways of Congress, meeting with representatives and Senators to educate and secure their support of our legislative agenda.

But you’ve got a business to run. Patients to take care of. Prescriptions to compound, prepare and dispense. You can’t make it to Washington, DC this year.

And that’s okay. Because even if you’re not at Compounders on Capitol Hill in person, you can still add your voice along with those of pharmacists nationwide and make a real impact on legislation that can hurt or harm your business and your profession.

Once again, IACP is using technology to put you right there in those hallways and on the Capitol steps… at least virtually. Our unique Action Alert system lets you send a personalized, IACP prepared request for support directly from your home or pharmacy straight to the offices of both your Representative and your Senator.

Watch your in-box on Monday, May 19, 2014 for information and links on how to send a message to Capitol Hill. It takes just a few minutes and can literally quadruple the number of compounding pharmacist voices ringing through the halls of Congress.
Please click here to read more, including the CCH 2014 Ask Documents. 

It’s not too late to register and attend IACP’s 20th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill

IACP’s 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.

Click here for more details!

OIG Releases Report: Compounded Drugs Under Medicare Part B: Payment and Oversight

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report - Compounded Drugs Under Medicare Part B: Payment and Oversight - that focuses more upon compounding reimbursement; but, also touches on FDA oversight. 

On preliminary review, IACP's biggest takeaway is that, unlike for manufactured drug products, there is no consistent method for billing and reimbursing compounded preparations. Adds David G. Miller, RPh, IACP's Executive Vice President, "That's something our members are all too familiar with -- variations among plans, variations among insurers and PBMs, variations even between state Medicaid agencies and Medicare Medicare Administrative Contractors - but also is  reflective of the fact that traditionally compounded preparations weren't as commonly prescribed nor commonly submitted for reimbursement."

Click here to read the entire Office of Inspector General (OIG) report.  

USP Proposed General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs - Handling in Healthcare Settings

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) currently is seeking public review and comment on its proposed Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs - Handling in Healthcare Settings. Click here to download this chapter with line numbers

All stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments with corresponding line numbers to CompoundingSL@usp.org. Comments are due by July 31, 2014. 

IACP is preparing its comments to the USP, and will share with IACP members as soon as available. Please click here to view why it's important to submit comments. Please email IACP with questions at iacpinfo@iacprx.org

USP Offers IACP Members Programming Discounts

Thanks to IACP's long-standing relationship with USP, we have secured an additional member benefit for you... discounts on exceptional USP educational programming. IACP Members are being offered a special discount ($75 off) on USP courses for USP <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations and USP <795> Pharmaceutical Compounding—Nonsterile Preparations. Both courses are CE accredited. <797> = 6.5 Hours; <795> = 3.75 Hours. When registering, please use PROMO CODE: usp0117114 to obtain the discount. Please note that other discounts described in the flyers will not apply, if you use the promo code.  

Please click here to view more information on USP's Chapter <795> programming.

Please click here to view more on USP's Chapter <797> programming.  

IACP Media Update

IACP's David Miller Interviews with Pharmacy Times

WATCH: A Pharmacy Times Interview with IACP's David G. Miller, RPh - "Reimbursement Changes for Compounded Medications." Click here to view.  

IACP Quoted in Forbes Story on Lethal Injection

Click here to read Forbes Article, "Why Don't Pharmacy Groups Condemn Practitioner Role in Lethal Injection." 

Insurance Business America Prints IACP's Letter to the Editor

Click here to read IACP's Letter to the Editor in Insurance Business America

Corporate Partner Spotlight: Humco Compounding

Humco Compounding is built on a proud history of more than 140 years manufacturing quality products for the pharmaceutical industry.

Through our innovative spirit and continued investment in research and development, we have established a reputation for creating, developing, and manufacturing a diversified line of non-sterile topical and oral pharmaceutical compounding bases. Our compounding products range from ready-to-use topical creams and gels to oral syrups and suspensions. Our products are designed to provide the optimal delivery system for a specific formulation based on the desired route of administration and therapeutic intent. Click here to read more!

Corporate Partner Spotlight: Health Engineering Systems (HES)

Health Engineering Systems (HES) specializes in the distribution and servicing of Unguator EMP’s and the Unguator Accessory line. The Unguator and its Accessory line are distributed to compounding pharmacies and laboratories throughout the United States and Canada via our Unguator Distribution Partners.

Originated in Germany, the Unguator Electronic Mortar and Pestle, or EMP, offers an advanced mixing technology in a closed system that optimizes the results of your formulation mixes. This state of the art technology has raised the standard for pharmaceutical and laboratory preparations worldwide. Click here to read more!

New Rules Regarding Reporting of CEUs to the CPE Monitor Data Base

Effective May 1, 2014 all ACPE-accredited providers have 60 days after the CPE activity participation date to upload the participant credit into CPE Monitor.  The provider must upload the participant information 60 days from the date the participant completed the CPE activity.  This applies to all CPE activities:  live, internet-based, and home-study articles.
 
Please click here for more information!

Registration will open August of 2014. Save the date! The ACA, IACP, ACVP Educational Conference returns to Fort Lauderdale in 2015

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.

Click here for more details!

Reserve your hotel room now and receive the advance discount!

Start planning now!  Book your hotel room at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The deadline to receive the hotel group rate is on or before 6:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, January 23, 2015. 

IACP Regional Education Meeting Heading to Newark, NJ; Atlanta, GA; and Dallas, TX

 

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. Click here for more information!

IACP Calendar

IACP is your one-stop resource for all things compounding! Compounder Calendar provides a comprehensive listing of compounding events and continuing education programs. Click here to view IACP’s Upcoming Events.

IACP Career Center

Welcome to the IACP Career Center! Your destination for exciting job opportunities and the best resource for qualified candidates within the Industry. Click here to view the IACP Career Center.

 

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