It was a busy 2015 at IACP! Throughout the year, all departments at IACP accomplished many objectives specifically targeted at enhancing additional tools and resources offered to the IACP Membership. Please review below a few of the accomplishments provided by your Academy in 2015.
• Successfully lobbied to add four requirements to the 2016 Appropriations bills that direct the FDA to recognize and permit office-use compounding as Congress intended, to provide clear information on enforcement actions against the use of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) that haven’t been reviewed by the Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee, and to change the draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Congress denied all of FDA’s requests to increase funding under the DQSA to target compounding pharmacists.
• Building a Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) Coalition of 25 physician and pharmacy organizations to work together and lobby Congress, speaking out about office-use, interstate dispensing of compounded preparations and the availability of needed APIs for custom-compounded medications.
• Passed the first state legislation addressing inappropriate physician ownership of compounding pharmacies and fought against “pay for play” where prescribers receive payment for writing a compound prescription.
• Defended compounding with extensive comments on a multitude of FDA guidance documents, the proposed USP General Chapter <800> standards, and submitted more than 1,600 drugs to the FDA’s bulk drug list.
• Secured a formal 90-day comment period extension for the FDA Guidance for Industry (GFI): Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Drug Substances to provide compounders and veterinarians with time to fight against FDA’s attempts to govern day-to-day prescription dispensing for animals.
• On average, IACP generates an 80 to 90 percent open rate on IACP Member Alerts, Capitol Connections email distributions. Average open rates for non-profit membership organizations are 22.8 percent – per Constant Contact, Inc. 2014
• Developed letters to the editor in response to articles in BNA Bloomberg, Washington Examiner, and Wall Street Journal.
• Organized and managed “Compounder Roundtable” news conference event at CCH, which generated substantial positive news coverage of IACP’s position on FDA implementation of DQSA in several key trade publications.
• Proactive press release efforts increased by 40 percent in 2015 with a series of press releases in wake of DQSA’s passage and FDA implementation.
IACP Files Formal Comments on Proposed FDA Memorandum of Understanding, 7.21.15
IACP Supports Legislation in Louisiana to Protect Consumers, 5.12.15
ACHC Partners with the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), 4.15.15
IACP Adopts Position on Compounding of Lethal Injection Drugs, 3.24.15
Access to Compounded Medication Coverage for 140,000 TRICARE Military Heroes and Families Clears Major Hurdle, 1.20.15
Events & Education Report
IACP Corporate Partner Program
• Did you know that IACP now has 67 Corporate Partners? Since the IACP Corporate Partner program was founded, it has grown tremendously. The health of an association is often related to the company it keeps. IACP is very fortunate to have considerable corporate support - high-caliber organizations passionately committed to Protecting, Promoting & Advancing Pharmacy Compounding. IACP's award-winning Corporate Partner program engages corporate leaders in the pharmacy compounding community by connecting them with IACP’s more than 4,000 Members.
2015 Educational Conference
• Registration and promotion began August 2014
• The three-day conference drew a total of 357 attendees including 40 first time attendees from 21 states; seven from Canada and one from Puerto Rico. We thank you all for playing an active role in advancing your profession.
• All 28 booths were sold out in LESS than two month.
• Exhibitors and sponsors received inclusion in all meeting materials, website listing on www.EducationalConference.org, the meeting e-newsletter, ACA’s/ACVP’s e-newsletter and IACP’s bi-weekly e-newsletter, Capitol Connections digital member newsletter, onsite signage and social media.
2015 Compounders on Capitol Hill
• Registration and promotion began December 2014
• 400 attendees representing 37 states participated at our annual Hill Day. For the complete 2015 Meeting Report, click here.
• All 44 exhibits sold out. Expanded to 55 exhibits which also SOLD OUT.
• Exhibitor Videos: Allowed all exhibitors to provide a video on their company for YouTube.
• Exhibitor and sponsors received inclusion in all meeting materials, the IACP Compounders on Capitol Hill website, IACP’s digital member newsletter, Capitol Connections, onsite signage and social media.
LIVE CE Programs
• 15 live webinars produced in 2015
• 845 attendees
On-Demand CE Programs
• 116 programs in on-demand library (previous live programs, United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) requirements, syndicated library with 10 other associations)
IACP is working to Protect, Promote & Advance Pharmacy Compounding! Thank you for being a Member.