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IACP Capitol Connections, April 5, 2016
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April 5, 2016






Capitol Connections is a biweekly newsletter for IACP Members Only.

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IACP Names John Voliva Executive Vice President

The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) has named John Voliva, RPh, as its new Executive Vice President. Voliva assumed IACP’s EVP role on Monday, April 4, 2016. The EVP search was managed by a six-person committee representing the interests of the IACP Board of Directors, the IACP Foundation Board, IACP members and industry suppliers.


“IACP’s Search Committee is extremely confident we found the most qualified person to lead the organization forward. After a national search, John Voliva’s extensive experience made him the clear choice for the position,” said Gary McCrory, RPh, CCN, IACP President. “John brings a distinctive combination of compounding pharmacy ownership, legislative relations at both a federal and state level, and a strong pharmacist background. He is one of us; he truly understands the value compounding pharmacy brings to patients, and how compounding pharmacists are the best suited in providing customized medications.” Please click here to read more.

Save the Date for Town Hall with New EVP John Voliva!

Meet your new EVP John Voliva! Please join us for an IACP Corporate Partner Town Hall on Monday, April 18th, and an IACP Member Town Hall on Wednesday, April 20th. Both Town Halls are at 3:00 pm ET – 2:00 pm CT – 1:00 pm MT – 12:00 pm PT.

Call 1-(866) 576-7975 and when prompted enter the meeting pass code number 150501#. International members please call (760) 569-7000 and when prompted enter the meeting pass code number 150501#.


Please email us any questions you have for John and IACP - prior to the teleconference. There will be a Q&A after the presentation – to unmute yourself during the Q&A, please press *6. We will record the session in case you cannot attend the live session.

Inside Health Policy Covers the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Congressional Hearing & Questions on Office-use


Inside Health Policy covers the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services congressional hearing at which "HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell told House lawmakers Tuesday (March 15) that since neither a guidance nor a rule exists on office-use compounding, the practice should be able to occur, directly contradicting FDA's stance that traditional compounders must obtain patient-specific prescriptions." IACP is quoted in the story.


Please click here to read, "Burwell: Office-Use Compounding Can Occur In Absence Of Guidance."

Congressman Buddy Carter Asks Dept of Health & Human Services about Office-Use Compounding

On March 15th in a House Education & Workforce Committee, Full Committee Hearing, “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA) questioned the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Services (HHS) Sylvia Mathews Burwell regarding office-use compounding.


Congressman Carter expressed concern that office-use provisions in the Drug Quality & Security Act (DQSA) are not being interpreted per congressional intent by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Secretary Burwell replied that office-use should be allowed per her understanding, and that she was prepared to work with Congress on this issue.


Please click here to view an archived webcast from this session.


Congressman Buddy Carter Sends Follow-up Letter to HHS

Please click here to view a follow-up letter Congressman Carter sent to HHS Secretary Burwell.

Congressman Buddy Carter Asks DEA About Pharmacy Raids


On March 22nd in a Committee on Oversight & Government Reform hearing, America's Heroin and Opioid Abuse Epidemic, Congressman Buddy Carter asked some pointed questions regarding compounding pharmacy raids he believes occurred outside of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA’s) legal authority.


Please click here to view the hearing. Congressman Carter's questions appear at 2:17:03.

Shawn Hodges Named IACP COMP PAC Chair


Congratulations to IACP Board Member Shawn Hodges, PharmD, who has been named the IACP Compounders Political Action Committee (COMP PAC) Chair.


Hodges is the Owner/Pharmacist of Innovation Compounding, Inc in Marietta, Ga. In addition to serving on the IACP Board of Directors, he is the Chair of the IACP Legislative Committee.


According to Hodges, "IACP COMP PAC will focus upon several critical issues including TriCare, reimbursement and billing, as well as complications the current FDA inspection & office-use interpretation, which falls outside of DQSA congressional intent, has been causing. We will continue to work closely with the IACP-led DQSA Coalition to ensure COMP PAC's objectives are integrated with IACP and its membership."


Stay tuned for COMP PAC updates and ways you can support the organization!


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, a $25 savings.


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


FDA Update:


The FDA Drug Shortage Report


Please click here for the most recent Drug Shortage information.

CDER's Jane Axelrad Announces Retirement


Corporate Partner Spotlight: Fuji Health Science, Inc.

Fuji Health Science, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Chemical Industries Co., Ltd. of Toyama, Japan. Over the years, Fuji Chemical has developed a unique and proprietary powdering technology which led to the development of excipients with extraordinary properties. One of them are applicable for and have been used by compound pharmacies, such as in the area of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, pediatrics and customized dose.


F-MELT ®: ready-to-use base for making fast dissolving and chewable tablets. F-MELT comes in two grades to meet different applications.


Click here to read more.


Register and Book Your Hotel Today for #CCH 2016!


#CCH2016 Extended Advanced Discount Ends Monday, May 2,2016 - Register Today!


Reserve your Renaissance DC hotel room asap! Rooms in the IACP block are going fast.



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.

Why is CCH important to attend?

CCH is an invaluable opportunity to truly advocate for patients and ensure our elected officials in Washington know the impact their actions regarding compounding can have on patient health and quality of life.

Becca Mitchell, PharmD, FIACP, U.S. Compounding Pharmacy

Why is CCH important to you? Email a brief statement to Ashlyn Grant. Please click here for more on CCH 2016!

Compounders on Capitol Hill Graphic Toolkit Now Available!


Tell your patient and prescriber communities know that you will be attending Compounders on Capitol Hill this year! Promote the Conference on your pharmacy or company website, Facebook page and even in print! Attendees, Corporate Partners and Exhibiting Companies are all encouraged to promote their support by using the CCH 2016 Graphic Toolkit. The Toolkit includes a logo/web banner, Facebook Cover Image, “I’m Attending” e-mail signature as well as full page, ¼-page, and ½-page print ads.

Loud and Proud! Let everyone know you're going to D.C.! Click here to download the CCH 2016 Graphic Toolkit.


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.To register online, please click here.


Thank you Rx Mixer Sponsors! Thank you Rx Mixer Donors!



Save the Date for Sunday, October 9, 2016!

Registration will open May 2016


The Compound Conference is the only conference annually partnering with a state pharmacy association, bringing together the leaders in the pharmacy compounding profession.


At the Compound Conference, attendees have an unprecedented opportunity to meet face-to-face with compounding pharmacists, technicians, and marketing representatives in their home state. Offering a variety of Continuing Education sessions focused on understanding the essentials in building a compounding practice, the 2016 Compound Conference is a joint meeting with the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA), the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) and the Ohio Society of Health Pharmacists (OSHP).


For more information pleaseclick here.

Save the Date for an Upcoming LIVE Webinar!

Taking the Next Step: Learning Ways to Embrace MTM Opportunities in a Challenging Pharmacy Industry


Thursday, April 7, 2016
7pm-9pm 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 more than 100 programs with a variety of pharmacy topics.


Please click here to access the self-paced programs.


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