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Capitol Connections July 12, 2013
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July 12, 2013

IACP Rolls out Advocacy Effort - Let Your Senators Know S. 959 Must be Fixed!

The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) has worked diligently and cooperatively for more than 9 months with the members and staff of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) as it works to produce an effective legislative solution to address the failures of state and federal regulators to prevent the illegal activities of the New England Compounding Center (NECC). These failures led to a meningitis outbreak that led to 61 deaths and hundreds of illnesses across the country. Unfortunately, the voices of pharmacists, practitioner groups and patient groups have yet to be incorporated into this legislation.

IACP urges all of its members to review the legislation and to contact your respective U.S. Senators to voice your grave concerns about specific provisions in the bill that could negatively impact the practice of pharmacy compounding and hinder patient and practitioner access to vital compounded medications.

As written, S. 959 is too far-reaching in its scope and micromanagement of practitioner decisions. Major sections of S. 959 must fixed because the bill is just unworkable for pharmacists and physicians.  Of particular concern is the broad “gimmees” that were provided to the pharmaceutical industry to protect their profits and new powers that give the FDA oversight of traditional compounding and assure the ability of physicians to make informed decisions about appropriate medication therapy. IACP believes that S. 959 rewards the FDA without holding the agency accountable for its past inaction and failure to protect the public.

We need you to contact your Senators as soon as possible to voice your concerns about S. 959 since it is scheduled to come to the Senate Floor next week. In advance, we thank you for your help on these critical issues!

IACP Members: Click here to participate in this important advocacy effort! 

IACP's P2C2 Advocacy Postcards Now Available for Member Download!

IACP's Patients and Professionals for Customized Care (P2C2)advocacy group now encompasses more than 164,000 patients and practitioners who have enlisted to protect and preserve pharmacy compounding! IACP is working to increase this support base to 200,000 members in 2013 to make our voices even stronger! P2C2 brings together people who know first-hand that compounded medicines are a critical part of modern, individualized health care and provides them the necessary tools to ensure that access to personalized medication solutions remains possible.

As part of this effort, IACP designed a selection of P2C2 postcards to help you communicate to your patients and practitioners about the immense value of compounding, and how they can help protect their access to personalized medications. IACP is now offering these postcards to you for FREE download. Click below to access P2C2 Postcard Artwork. Printed P2C2 postcards can still be ordered from IACP -
Click here for an Order Form.

Pharmacy Compounding - General

Compounding for Bio-identical Hormone Patients

Compounding for Veterinary Patients

Compounding for Pediatric Patients

Compounding for Geriatric Patients   

House Energy & Commerce to Hold Hearing - IACP will Testify

Next Tuesday, July 16th, IACP will be the only organization representing compounding pharmacy invited to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The purpose of the hearing is for the House to hear input on three piecesof legislation: the Senate approach (S. 959), Congressman Markey's (D-MA) submitted "VALID" compounding act, and the draft legislation under development by Congressman Griffith (R-VA).

Aside from the Markey sponsored bill, neither the Senate version nor the Griffith version are official pieces of legislation before the House. Unknown at this point is the impact of Congressman's Markey recent election to the Senate and whether it will advance using the co-sponsors who have signed onto the bill.

If the hearing is broadcast via CSPAN, IACP will let its members know the link; otherwise, members can view the hearing via the Committee's website. More legislative updates can be found in this week's Fax Facts! 

Call for Nominations - 2014 IACP Board of Directors Elections

IACP’s nominating process for the 2014 Board of Directors election cycle is now open! The Bylaws of IACP set forth an open election process with nominations for candidates accepted directly from the membership. Interested candidates may be nominated or may be self-nominated to the IACP Nominating Committee chaired by IACP Immediate Past President Scott Karolchyk, MS, RPh, FIACP. The IACP Board of Directors receives the Nominating Committee report at its October Board Meeting, approves the slate of candidates, and then all qualified IACP members are able to participate in the election process held each November.

This year, there are seven Board of Directors’ seats for which candidates are sought as well nominees for the position of IACP Vice President. Click here for more information.

Be One Get One Membership Campaign: Help Grow IACP this Summer

We know how important a collective voice of compounding is and that NOW is the time to grow that voice. You can help by participating in the IACP Be One Get One Campaign. When it comes to spreading the word about the value of membership, no one does it better than YOU, a current member.

The campaign aims to grow IACP’s membership by recruiting from within our own members’ pharmacies. Ever thought of gifting your staff with a membership? Or encouraging them to join the only association that represents pharmacy compounders in the legislative & regulatory affairs arena? NOW is the time to do it!

Together we stand to support pharmacy compounding on the local, national, and international levels. We need you to step up to the plate and help us make sure that compounding pharmacy has a bright future!

This summer IACP is offering a discount for new memberships. Register at least one new staff pharmacist and one new technician and get BOTH first year membership fees for a discounted $300 with our 1+1=300 summer special! Click here for more information.

Click here for more information or to participate in IACP’s Be One Get One Campaign. 

Samford Pharmacy School's $10,000 IACP Foundation Grant Will Put Science Behind Beyond-Use Dates

Samford Universtiy’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy in Birmingham, Ala., has received a $10,000 International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) Foundation grant to support research in compounded pain formulations.

Pharmacy professors Dr. John Arnold and Dr. Gregory S. Gorman will use the funds to evaluate aspects of a compounded product’s assigned beyond-use date (BUD), sometimes a problematic call for a dispensing pharmacist.

When compounding pharmacists prepare specialty formulations that are not commercially available, they assign a BUD to represent how long the mixture is believed to be potent. Because a compound may contain multiple active ingredients from various drug classes, assigning an accurate BUD can be challenging.

“Generally, these dates are assigned by using best practices and U.S. Pharmacopeia guidelines,” said Gorman. “The basis of the project is to put some science behind these dates.”

The researchers will measure the potency of several of the most commonly compounded topical pain creams over a specified time period. In addition to generating BUD data, the experiments will determine efficacy based on how much of the active ingredients penetrates skin.

“We want to make sure that we, as pharmacists, give appropriate expiration dates so that patients aren’t using medications that are no longer potent,” said Arnold.

The grant is designated for a 12-month time span, which began July 1. The research will take place in faculty laboratories in Samford pharmacy school’s Ingalls Hall.

Click here to read more! 

IACP Affiliate News: Specialty Pharmacy Times

Pharmacy Times Grows Strategic Alliance Program with New Industry Partners - including with IACP! Click here to read more.

More from our Affiliate - "On behalf of the Pharmacy Times team, we wanted to share some great news with you! Pharmacy Times’ 17th Annual OTC Survey and our collaboration with U.S. News and World Report was featured on the Today Show with Matt Lauer. The segment highlighted the value and importance of the pharmacist in today’s healthcare system and the top recommended OTC products from our survey.

•    Today Show Full Segment:

•    Pharmacy Times’ OTC Guide site:

•    Link to article coverage on PharmacyTimes.com

•    “Heard it on TODAY”: (Includes a link to the US News and World Report Health Products site)  

IACP Member Media Tools: Protect the Public and Preserve Pharmacy Compounding Op Ed 

IACP is providing you with an op ed for you to place in your local newspaper. An op ed, which stands for “opposite the editorial page,” is a guest commentary that the newspaper will run at no expense to you, if they have space and if they think the commentary meets their standards.

To customize the op ed piece for your local newspaper, we have indicated on the bottom of the piece where to include your name and your pharmacy’s name. Once you have done this, you can contact your local newspaper and send it to the editor there, and clearly indicate when sending it that it is an op ed submission. IACP’s public relations firm is available to assist you in the placement of the op ed.

IACP's PR firm, Ball Consulting Group, stands ready to assist you with this op-ed. Their contact information is included in the following link. Click here for more information, and to access the op-ed.    

Thank You To Our Corporate Partners!  

IACP's award-winning Corporate Partner program engages corporate leaders in the pharmacy compounding community by connecting them with IACP’s more than 2,700 Members. 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. If you are interested in becoming a Corporate Partner, email your completed form to Meridyth Garcia or by fax to (281) 495-0602.

Click here to view a listing of IACP’s Corporate Partners.  

 Save the Date & New Location!

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.

What you can expect in 2014:

  • Benefit from multiple education tracks; practice-based, compounding, and veterinary clinical and compounding.  
  • Learn the fundamental steps to successfully work with your local media.
  • Develop a Social Media campaign about your pharmacy and its role in the community.  
  • Leverage the latest tools and resources to implement a quality improvement plan in your pharmacy.
  • Hear what your peers are doing in the This Works for Me! sessions.
  • Tips for hiring and retaining good employees for a successful pharmacy.  
  • What’s New in Veterinary Pharmacy, and much more!
  • Visit with companies showcasing services that can improve your business.

Click here to read more! 

Why You Should Attend the ACA, IACP, ACVP Educational Conference

Click on the image below to learn more about Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

Discover another side of yourself in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Charter a fishing boat for an afternoon adventure. Relax at the spa. Fort Lauderdale is famous for its beaches, arts, culture and events. From shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, to gondola rides on the canals, to a historic riverfront. It's all part of a vacation that goes beyond the ordinary. 

Stay tuned! Registration will open August of 2013.

Educational Conference
February 5-8, 2014
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

www.EducationalConference.org

 

IACP's David G. Miller is Headed to Chicago, IL, Austin, TX, Houston, TX, and Salt Lake City, UT!

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. At this seminar, you will hear from IACP's Executive Vice President & CEO David G. Miller, RPh 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.

The seminar is designed for any pharmacist, technician or pharmacy student currently involved in or interested in building their understanding about compounding pharmacy.  Whether you’re a veteran compounder or just thinking about implementing this critical health service for your community, we hope you’ll join us for an evening of education and fellowship. For more information, please visit www.iacprx.org/RegionalEducationMeetings.

At the conclusion of this seminar, the pharmacist and technician attendee will be able to:

  • Explain how compounders are regulated and enforced by the State Boards of Pharmacy, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
  • List four different regulatory initiatives and two court cases that have defined FDA’s oversight to compounders.
  • State what authority the FDA has when inspecting compounding pharmacies.
  • Define “bulk ingredients” and the difference between “FDA-approved” products.
  • Define “office use” and describe how compounding for office use differs from wholesaling.
  • Describe key components of federal proposed legislation that may change the balance of existing federal and state authorities. 

Chicago, Illinois – July 25, 2013
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Mark Drugs Roselle
384 E. Irving Park, Roselle, IL  60172
Click here to view the event flyer for more details!

  

 

 

Austin, Texas  – August 6, 2013
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Peoples Rx Pharmacy
3801 South Lamar, Austin, TX 78704
Click here to view the event flyer for more details!

 

 Houston, Texas  – August 8, 2013
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
IACP Corporate Headquarters
4638 Riverstone Blvd, Missouri City, TX 77459
Click here to view the event flyer for more details!

 

Salt Lake City, Utah – September 26, 2013
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.     Check-in period with pizza & refreshments
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.     Educational Session
9:30 - 10:00 p.m.   Q&A with David Miller and Department of Professional Licensing’s Compounding Task Force: Kavish Choudary , Christopher Cox, Kort Delost , Missy Duke, Trip Hoffman, Christine Jacobsen , Dean Jolley, Adam Jones, Wayne Jones, Dallas Moore, Jim Ruble, Evan Vickers, Angela Whitney, and Victoria Zippi

Roseman University of Health Sciences, P2 Classroom, 1st Floor
10920 S. River Front Parkway, South Jordan, UT 84095
Click here to view the event flyer for more details!


 
Tulsa, Oklahoma – November 9, 2013
Time: TBA
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa Downtown
616 W. Seventh Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74127
Registration opening next month!

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 Greene or call 281.933.8400. For more information on sponsorship, please click here. For more information on hosting, please click here.  

IACP Calendar

IACP is your one-stop resource for all things compounding! CompounderCalendar provides a comprehensive listing of compounding events and continuing education programs.

Click here to view IACP’s Upcoming Events. 

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