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IACP Capitol Connections, February 11, 2016
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February 11, 2016

In This Issue

1. Happy Presidents Day. IACP Office Closed on Monday, Feb. 15th


2. IACP Monitors Congressional Drug Price Hearing


3. DQSA Coalition Sends Letters to FDA and Senate re: Appropriations Language


4. IACP Quoted in The Wall Street Journal Story, U.S. Probes Possible Fraud Linked to Compounding Creams


5. IACP Submits USP General Chapter <797> Comments


6. 2016 USP Compounding Compendium with General Chapter <800> Now Available


7. IACP Corporate Partner Spotlight: LP3 Network


8. Contribute to IACP's One Fund!


9.CCH Registration is Now Open


10. Less than TWO WEEKS until the Kick Off of #EduCon2016!

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Happy Presidents Day! The IACP office will be closed on Monday, February 15th in observance. We will return at 8 am on Tuesday. Please email if you need to reach us.


Ever wonder about the history of Presidents Day?It's an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Click for more.

IACP Monitors Congressional Drug Pricing Hearing

On February 4, 2016, the Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a congressional hearing, "Developments in the Prescription Drug Market: Oversight."


IACP has been monitoring this situation closely, and is pleased to let you know that Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA) went to bat for pharmacy compounding. Congressman Carter was able to place questions directed to the Food and Drug & Administration (FDA) officially on the record, specifically asking them about compounding and appropriations language.


Read more here.

DQSA Coalition Sends Letters to FDA and Senate re: Appropriations Language


This week, the DQSA Coalition sent letters regarding FY 2016 Appropriations language to both the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the House Energy and Commerce, and Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) committees.


Excerpted from the letter - The undersigned organizations represent patient advocates, physicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers concerned with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) implementation of the Drug Quality and Security Act (“DQSA” , P.L. 113-54) and the negative impact it has had on patient access to compounded and repackaged medications. For over a year, our organizations have been meeting and working together as part of the DQSA Coalition to provide input to the FDA, to State Boards of Pharmacy, and to the Congress about our concerns with how the agency has implemented provisions of the DQSA in a way that is contrary to the clearly-expressed congressional intent of the law and, in some instances, the agency’s own previous interpretations of Section 503A of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”), which was left almost entirely intact and re-codified by the DQSA.


Please click here to view the letter to FDA.


Please click here to view the letter to the House Energy and Commerce and Senate HELP committees.

IACP Quoted in The Wall Street Journal Story, U.S. Probes Possible Fraud Linked to Compounding Creams

Last Saturday, IACP was contacted by The Wall Street Journal regarding a fraud investigation involving Mississippi compounding pharmacies.

IACP was asked to provide WSJ with a statement regarding this situation - please click here to view our entire Position on Prescription Accountability - provided to the reporter.


IACP is quoted in the WSJ story:


The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists said "legitimately prescribed and dispensed compounded topical creams and gels bring tremendous relief to those suffering from bone and joint pain. They have the added—and very significant—benefit of being non-addictive. IACP believes public and private health care payers should aggressively address health care fraud, including taking aggressive action against any health care provider that has allegedly broken the law.”


Please click here to view the WSJ story (please keep in mind you must be a WSJ subscriber. Due to copyright law, we are only able to provide this link.)


Please click here to read the story as it appeared in Fortune Magazine.

This is a critical issue to which IACP's Reimbursement & Insurance Committee will continue to devote time and energy. Please contact IACP with questions at or 281/933-8400.

IACP Submits USP General Chapter <797> Comments


IACP has submitted its formal comments to the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) regarding ​General Chapter <797>. These comments are based upon IACP member input as well as the input of the IACP Legislative Committee and Board of Directors. Thank you to all members who provided feedback.

IACP General Chapter <797> Comments

Please click here to view IACP's comments.

Please click here to view the Joint Pharmacy letter sent to USP.


Please click here to read more.

2016 USP Compounding Compendium with General Chapter <800> Now Available

The 2016 USP Compounding Compendium which includes General Chapter <800> is now available. The IACP Member price is $150.


Please click here for more information or to purchase. USP Chapter <800> will become official on July 1, 2018.

IACP Town Hall: Save the Date!


Make plans to attend IACP's first Town Hall of the new year on Tuesday, February 16th at 2 pm CST/3 pm EST.


IACP President, Gary McCrory, RPh, CCN, and IACP Chairman Dale Coker, RPh, FIACP will update you on current Washington D.C. initiatives, Fix DQSA efforts and Academy updates. Stay tuned for a fax providing call-in information.

Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee (PCAC) Public Meeting Scheduled for March 8 & 9th

A PCAC meeting, open to the public, will be held on March 8, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, and on March 9, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. at the FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (rm. 1503), Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002.


Answers to commonly asked questions including information regarding special accommodations due to a disability, visitor parking, and transportation may be accessed on the FDA's website.

Please click here to read more details.

In Case You Missed It - IACP Good News: Appropriations Report

On Friday, December 18th, 2015, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which is often referred to as the “Omnibus” bill. This legislation includes all 12 appropriations bills, including the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which funds the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Omnibus bill funds the government through the end of the 2016 fiscal year, which is September 30, 2016, and totals approximately $1.15 trillion.

IACP is thrilled to announce that the House Appropriations Committee Report language which included all of the language requested by IACP regarding the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), office-use, and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) was retained in the final Omnibus agreement reached by the House and Senate. More here.


IACP Corporate Partner Spotlight: LP3 Network


A Global Leader in Continuing Healthcare Education


LP3 Network was founded to provide the healthcare community with exceptional programs in continuing education. At LP3 Network, we believe in raising the standards of healthcare through quality education and training. Our team of experts develop innovative and high-quality programs to provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to succeed!


Our mission is to provide you with a platform of educational programs that will have a positive impact on your professional development within the healthcare industry.


Education is the foundation of our business;
We strive to empower the healthcare community through best practices;
At LP3 Network, we are committed to providing you with knowledge and expertise;
We believe in providing you with options – choose from our wide range of courses and training activities.


Please click here to read more!

IACP Provides Educational Resources on How to Work with Third Parties


IACP has several self-paced, on-demand CE offerings on how to work with third parties. Check our our expanding library below:


CMS and Reimbursement for Medicaid/Medicare Prescription Drugs

Third Party – Part 1 Private

Don’t Mess with Uncle Sam! How the Stark Law and the False Claims Act Impact Pharmacists

Contracting and Audit Considerations for Compounding Pharmacy

Medicare Part B: Documentation Requirements and 2013 Update

Hot Button Issues on the PBMs Radar Screen


Please contact IACP with questions at

Contribute to IACP's One Fund!


Help Us Reach $2 Million


Help IACP reach our fundraising goal of $2 million dollars by the end of 2016. This funding allows us to continue our efforts to Fix DQSA and to be ready for the next challenge on the horizon. Through your generosity and support we are shaping the future of compounding.


One Fund Contributors List


Please click here to view our One Fund Contributors to date!


IACP Members and Corporate Partners: Please join us in our efforts to Protect, Preserve and Advance Pharmacy Compounding by making a donation to IACP’s One Fund fundraising campaign.


Please click here to donate online, or click here to access a One Fund donation form.


Please contact Jennifer Petska, BS, CPhT,IACP Director of Development & Membership, with questions about One Fund.


CCH Registration Now Open


Click here to attend #CCH 2016!


The 22nd Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill (CCH) will be held June 11-14, 2016 at the Renaissance Washington, in Washington D.C. With more than 400 expected attendees in 2016, Compounders on Capitol Hill brings together the top-level compounding pharmacists and technicians from across the country with the same goal – to protect pharmacy compounding.

CCH returns to Downtown Washington, D.C.! Conveniently situated in the Penn Quarter district, this premier location is surrounded by shops, a variety of dining options, the Spy Museum, Chinatown, the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and world-famous National Mall monuments.
A bargain hotel group rate at $199 – that’s almost half the price from previous years!
Hear from experts during in-depth Continuing Education sessions on legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal level affecting pharmacy compounding.
Expanded exhibit hall puts attendees face-to-face with 50 leading companies that serve compounding pharmacies.
Stay for Hill Day! Be an advocate for compounding during in-person Capitol Hill meetings with your state representatives.
Socialize and support the IACP Foundation during compounding pharmacy’s biggest party of the year – Rx Mixer on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
•On Monday, June 13, the COMP PAC Dinner and Fundraiser is an exclusive opportunity to hob-nob with the powerful movers and shakers of Washington, D.C. The COMP PAC will host a very high-profile influencer to talk face-to-face with our attendees about the future of health care.

Network! Reconnect with old friends and meet new colleagues who share your passion and interest in protecting, promoting and advancing pharmacy compounding!

June 11-14, 2016
Renaissance Washington, D.C.
999 Ninth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001


Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
Click here to access the Online Commitment Form


Thank you to Our Exhibitors and Meeting Sponsors!

Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC); AirClean Systems; American College of Apothecaries (ACA); Analytical Research Laboratories (ARL); Associates of Cape Cod, Inc.; B&B Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; bioMerieux, Inc. ; BiosRx, Inc.; Compounders International Analytical Laboratory (CIAL); DoseLogix; EXAKT Technologies, Inc.; Fagron, Inc.; Freedom Pharmaceuticals; Hardy Diagnostics; Health Engineering Systems; Humco Compounding; ICA Health; International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding; International Medical Industries, Inc. (IMI); Kunesa LLC; Letco Medical; LP3 Network; MEDISCA; PCCA; RxCoop, LLC; Storey Marketing; Topi-Pump; Torpac Capsules Inc.; Willow Birch Pharma.


We would like to thank the following meeting sponsors for their support of the Educational Conference: DoseLogix (Conference Pen/Notepad); Letco Medical (Hotel Room Keys, Welcome Reception, Education Session); MEDISCA (Name Badge Holder); PCCA (Meeting T-shirt, Meeting Tote Bags, Meeting Syllabus); Topi-Pump (Travel Mugs).

Save the Date: Rx Mixer Roundup Saddling Up for Research and Education


The good guys in the white lab coats are riding to Rx Mixer Roundup - Saddling up for Research and Education! Join us as we gather for the IACP Foundation’s 12th Annual Rx Mixer, a fundraising event to be held at the Renaissance Washington DC on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

Event Co-Chairs, Erin Michael, MBA, CPhT and Richard Harwood, CPhT, with their Live Auction, Big Board and Reverse Card Draw Committees, plan to raise more than $205,000 through sponsorships and the auction to benefit the IACP Foundation! Since the first Rx Mixer was held in 2005, supporters of the pharmacy compounding profession generously have contributed more than $1.8 million to IACP's educational and research mission.


For more information about volunteering, donating an auction item, or becoming a sponsor, please email Jennifer Petska, BS, CPhT, IACP Foundation Administrator and Director of Development, or call the IACP office at 281/933-8400. To obtain a sponsorship or donation form, and to learn more about Rx Mixer please click here.


Your support and involvement is crucial in raising funds for the IACP Foundation. Click here to access the Rx Mixer Prospectus with corporate sponsorships, reserved seating, and donation opportunities.

To register online, please click here.


Yee-haw! It’s a Party with a Purpose! Now saddle up, Pardner. We’ll see you in June!

Less than TWO WEEKS until the Kick Off of #EduCon2016!


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 24-27, 2016 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Perched on its own 15-acre peninsula, Loews Coronado Bay is a private oasis of tranquility with views of the shimmering bay waters and the San Diego skyline.


What you can expect in 2016:


Benefit from multiple education tracks; practice-based, compounding, and veterinary clinical and compounding.
Earn up to 12.0 contact hours (1.2 CEUs) of continuing education credit including 3.0 contact hours (.3 CEUs) of LIVE Pharmacy Law.
Early release on Friday, February 26 to enjoy dining out, snorkeling, water sports, and local shops.
• Local pharmacists, technicians, and marketers enjoy a special one-day Saturday rate. Network with your colleagues from across the country in your home state.
• In 2016, visit with exhibiting companies showcasing services that can improve your business.


By morning – experience a unique menu of CE programs merging the best of ACA, IACP and ACVP. Gain information and skills you can implement immediately to your pharmacy practice.


By afternoon – connect with your colleagues and enjoy an array of thrill-seeking water adventures, a luxurious Sea spa and dining overlooking shimmering bay waters and the San Diego skyline at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, California.


Social Activities:


Welcome Reception
(Included in registration fee)
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Tax Saving Professionals

ACA, IACP, ACVP Fellowship Luncheon
(Included in registration fee)
Thursday, February 25, 2016
12:45-2:15 p.m.
Sponsored by Humco Compounding

Celebration Dessert Reception
(Included in registration fee)
Friday, February 27, 2016
8:00-10:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Letco Medical

Please click here for more information!

Learn More About the #EduCon2016 Exhibitors

Visit our ACA, IACP, ACVP Educational Conference YouTube channel to checkout exclusive videos from our 2016 Educational Conference Exhibitors. Learn more about these companies and how you can improve your practice with their latest products and services!


IACP Foundation News

Student Pharmacist Attendees: Compounders on Capitol Hill Travel Grants Applications are Due by February 15th!

Through the generosity of donors to the Fund-the-Future campaign, the IACP Foundation will provide pharmacy students with an opportunity to attend the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists’ annual meeting -- Compounders on Capitol Hill -- being held June 11-14, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Student Pharmacist Travel Stipend Grant Applications are due by February 15, 2016! Please click here to access a Travel Stipend Grant Application. Please email with any questions.


Student Pharmacist Travel Grants Awarded for the 2016 Educational Conference!

The American College of Apothecaries (ACA), International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) and American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP) Foundations offered up to four (4) pharmacy students a travel grant to attend the 2016 Educational Conference, February 24-27, 2016, in San Diego, CA.


Please click here to view the winners of this travel grant!

Congratulations to the Fall 2015 Student Essay Writing Competition Winner!

Essay Theme: "How is the Drug Quality & Security Act Affecting the Future of Compounding?"

The IACP Foundation created its semi-annual Student Writing Competition to recognize outstanding original papers by stu
dent pharmacists on a particular topic affecting pharmacy compounding. THREE winners will be selected by a review committee from the papers submitted. The winners of this writing competition will each receive a $500 cash prize. All student pharmacists are encouraged to compete.

Congratulations to Nasheed Shams, Appalachian College of Pharmacy,Oakwood, Va. Please click here to view Nasheed's essay.

For more information about IACP Foundation, please email Jennifer Petska, BS, CPhT, IACP Foundation Administrator and Director of Development.

Save the Date for these LIVE Webinars!

USP 797 - An Overview of Proposed Changes
Thursday, February 18, 2016
11am -12pm CST

Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Pediatric Bloodstream Infections
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
2pm-3pm CST

Need CE ASAP? Check out the “Best of 2015” Webinar Programs in the IACP AdvanCE On-Demand Library!

If you need CE credit, check out IACP AdvanCE’s on-demand library. The library houses over 100 programs over various pharmacy topics. Please click here to access the self-paced programs.

Best of 2015 Webinar Programs:

FDA Inspections for Compounders: The Impact of DQSA

FDA Inspections for Sterile Compounders: The Impact of DQSA

Diving into DQSA 4-Part Webinar Series

HIPAA Compliance: Website Forms, Email, BAA & More

2015 IACP Educational Conference Bundle

Developing a Sustainable Cleaning, Sanitization and Disinfection Program - Don't Get Left Behind on the New FDA Guidelines


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