Bi-weekly Member Newsletter                                             January 12, 2018
Keep up-to-date with the latest legislative and regulatory news. Visit IACP's websiteArchived  Capitol Connections  newsletters here. Send your suggestions and questions to .

Happy National Pharmacist Day! You make a difference for your patients EACH and EVERY day! To celebrate,  IACP is offering 20% off NEW pharmacist memberships through 1/26/18 . Please encourage pharmacists at your pharmacy who currently are not IACP members to join! Please use code: JUSTRPH.

Please click here to join online, or call 281.933.8400 to start your new membership, today!
President's Message

Erik Tosh, DPh, FIACP, FACA
IACP President

Happy New Year! It is an honor to work with our Executive Vice President Cynthia Blankenship, Esq., the IACP staff, and a truly dedicated Board of Directors. Past President Baylor Rice, RPh, FIACP, noted in the last Capitol Connections of 2017 that the Academy tackled and accomplished an amazing number of Member Initiatives and Legislative goals.

It is my goal to continue the great work done by the Academy to date and especially the current strategic plan. Additionally, we will listen carefully to membership and update strategic initiatives to ensure that patient access to compounded preparations always remains a top priority.

As I mentioned in my message at the end of last year, we will task the Strategic Planning Committee with a review of our infrastructure so that events such as Hurricane Harvey do not interrupt our ability to serve our membership. As many of you are aware, our office is located in the Houston area and we were extremely fortunate not to have suffered damage to the building. Staff did an outstanding job "keeping the lights on" but this event made us aware of the need to review all of our operational systems. I invite members who have migrated their business operation to a cloud based system to contact us.

2018 Events

It is not too late to register for IACP's Educon 2018. This will be an outstanding opportunity to network, learn, and prepare for success in the new year. Our one and only major fundraiser for the year will be at Educon, the President's Gala. One Fund provides the capital we need to conduct ALL the business of the Academy.

If you cannot join us in Ft Lauderdale for Educon, please mark your calendar for Compounders on Capitol Hill!

In closing, I look forward to speaking with as many members as possible this year. Feel free to contact me but make sure you know who your District Board member is as they are your direct link to the Academy. It is your input to the Board that ensures our success and ultimately protects patient access to compounds.
Services Announced for IACP EVP Cynthia Blankenship's Father

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of  Executive Vice President Cynthia Blankenship's father, Allen Jay Blankenship.

Visitation is Friday, January 12, 2018, 5:00 to 7:00 pm CST

Funeral Services to be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 2:00 pm CST

Belview Baptist Church
131 Knob Creek Road
Melbourne, AR 72556 
(870) 368-7785

Please click here to read more.
Introducing IACP's 2018 Board of Directors

IACP is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 Board of Directors Election. 

Thank you to all IACP Members who voted in this important leadership election. Your participation directly sets the future success and path of your Academy. 

Read more here!

IACP Executive Vice President Cynthia Blankenship ESQ. 
Member Initiatives: A Progress Report Card! 

Keep checking  IACP's Executive Vice President (EVP) Cynthia Blankenship's Member Initiatives  to see where we're making progress and what we're checking off the list! 

You asked IACP for several key changes - and we're making them! IACP is in the midst of reviewing & revitalizing ALL of our current programs. 

We want to ensure we're completely in tune with our membership, providing you with what you need. Do you have suggestions or questions? Please email .
Let's Keep the Momentum Going!

Please Contribute to IACP's One Fund! We need your help, TODAY! Make the donation that will help preserve patient access to compounded medications and help support IACP's HR 2871 efforts. IACP is working to Protect, Promote & Advance Pharmacy Compounding! 

In addition, IACP has established a  Fundraising Committee and is hosting the FIRST-EVER IACP FUNDRAISER! IACP will host the inaugural IACP Fundraiser  at the 2018 Educational Conference. All proceeds from the  President's Gala will go to the IACP One Fund. The Gala will be the  ONLY IACP Fundraiser all year, so please join us! 

Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of the 1st President's Annual Gala: Letco Medical (Entertainment Sponsor, Table Sponsor);  DoseLogix/Topi-CLICK (Bar Sponsor);  IACP President, Erik Tosh (Table Sponsor);  PCCA (Table Sponsor);  B&B Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Table Sponsor);  My USP 800 (Additional Gala Drink Tickets).

Thank you, IACP Member and Past IACP President Eldon Armstrong, RPh, FIACP, Sandlapper Consultant Pharmacists, Chapin, SC; and IACP Member Joseph Rossetti, RPh, Boulevard Pharmaceutical Compounding Center, Worcester, Mass., for your individual sponsorship of the 1st President's Annual Gala! And thank you to all members who have purchased Gala tickets! Find more information about the President's Gala, including how to attend/purchase tickets, how to sponsor, meal selection, and entertainment details here!

Eldon Armstrong, RPh, FIACP, IACP Past President

"I'm so proud to contribute to IACP's inaugural President's Gala! As a former IACP President (1997-1999), the President's Gala sponsorship gift means that after stepping back from my pharmacy compounding practice, my sense of gratitude still runs deep in my heart to all who were and are a part of the IACP. 

On behalf of my wife, Gayle and I, we are pleased to help contribute to this amazing new event, and challenge all of my fellow IACP Presidents and former Board of Directors to do the same! Let's see how many more former IACP Presidents will step up to the plate!"
Let's Keep the Momentum Going! 
Please Contribute to IACP's One Fund!

IACP Member Alerts
Industry News

  • Senator Rand Paul pressing Azar on drug reimportation. Alex Azar appears headed for confirmation as HHS secretary with broad GOP support. But one Republican vote he hasn't locked down yet is Sen. Rand Paul, who warned he's unlikely to back Azar unless he gets answers on whether the nominee can find a path toward allowing drug reimportation.
  • Senator Paul sent Azar questions about whether he could find a safe way to reimport drugs from foreign countries where they often sell for less, but said he hasn't yet received a response. "If we don't get any answer back, unlikely to," Senator Paul said when asked whether he'd vote to confirm Azar.
  • Experts in integrative medicine Dr. Stephen Holt and Dr. Uzoma Nwosu presents a comprehensive review and an overview on the subject of pain control and medication in "Topical Pain Management."
  • Designed for medical professionals, "Topical Pain Management" tackles the complex topic of the use of analgesics, their formulae, and their side effects. Dr. Stephen Holt and Dr. Uzoma Nwosu compare two types of pain medication-topical versus oral-to educate readers on the effects of analgesics to their bodies. They also looked into compounded pharmacy, or customized medication for patients, to examine its advantages and disadvantages and discuss the safe practices of such treatment.
IACP Weekly Roundup

IACP Weekly Roundup provides a new way to keep you up-to-date on IACP's Member Communications! We know you're busy, so we are making sure you don't miss a beat by rounding up all the IACP news that goes out to members in one location to make it easier for you to never miss any news on compounding!  Check out what news your Academy has been sending. 
Compounding In the News
  • IACP's Executive Vice President Cynthia Blankenship, Esq., is extensively quoted in an Inside Health Policy article, Stakeholders Expect Flurry of Compounding Action, Hope For Policy Fixes. Please click here to read article.
  • IACP Members John Walczyk, RPh, FIACP, and Andrew Stein, RPh, of Johnson Compounding and Wellness in Waltham, Mass., are featured in this article, Waltham Pharmacy Takes the Non-traditional Approach to Medicine on the value pharmacy compounding brings to patients.
Please ASK YOUR Providers and Patients also to Support HR 2871! Provide your audiences with this Action Link, today.

Click Here for IACP's Patient Testimonial Handout! 

Federal Advocacy
  • DQSA Coalition - Appropriations Update - IACP Members: the Appropriations deadline is rapidly approaching! We are diligently working with the  DQSA Coalition to ensure language is included in  FY 2018 Appropriations that addresses our continuing concerns on how the  Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has not implemented the  Drug Quality & Security Act (DQSA) according to Congressional intent. We will keep our members updated on this process!  
  • Your Efforts are Making a HUGE Difference! We Now Have 42 HR 2871 Cosponsors! Has Your Representative Signed On? Please send a direct communication to your Member of Congress. HR 2871 will help clarify the Drug Quality & Security Act (DQSA) in a way that will better align the statute with congressional intent and most importantly, better balance public safety and patient access. 
  • Continue to collect patients' stories and let us know if a patient would like to get involved! We need patient stories for our Congressional documents as well as any potential future hearing.  Please let us know if you are willing to be the voice of your patients or whether you know of patients willing to provide quotes or speakon the record!
State Advocacy  
  • The Washington Pharmacy Commission Compounding Subcommittee will meet on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. PST, to discuss updates on compounding rules, specifically a comparison of WACs to USP. 
PLEASE NOTE: The meeting will be webcast live. We urge our Washington Members to participate in this webcast. Please see details here from the Pharmacy Commission Compounding Subcommittee, including webcast link.
  • Check out IACP's State-by-State Analysis of Office-Use Compounding Regulations! Your Government Affairs team just released a State-by-State Analysis of Office-Use Regulations! We researched State regulations, State notices, State activity, and called State Boards of Pharmacy when regulations conflicted with actions to determine each State's office-use actions. In the instance where a State had recently changed its office-use practices, we called to determine why, and the response was noted when FDA had communicated that State law was pre-empted with Federal law.
You will find two documents - (1) the State-by-State analysis and (2) a complete supplemental document where all State regulations and actions are housed. The State-by-State analysis is a quick reference guide that demonstrates State regulations and current thinking on office-use and all supporting documents to this research can be found in the supplemental document. The DQSA Coalition intends to use this document to see whether model office-use State laws exist, to educate and assist States that are attempting to change office-use practices on the intent of Congress, and to focus on specific states for the State Board of Pharmacy/Board of Medicine Coalition Letter that is coming soon!

IACP provides our members with a we ekly state tracking report - including legislative and regulatory updates! Check out this week's Compounders Stateside report here - you will need to log-in to view this members-only report.
  • USP General Chapter <800> State Adoption Status Chart. NASPA has developed a chart providing each state's current adoption status of USP's General Chapter <800>. Thank you, IACP Affiliate NASPA, for developing this invaluable tool!

Grassroots Advocacy  
  • FDA Launches New Patient Engagement Collaborative, Call for Nominations Due by January 29th IACP Members: Encourage Your Patients to Get Involved - Make Their Voices Heard on FDA's New Site - Why Access is NEEDED to Compounded Medications!
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is launching a Patient Engagement Collaborative and has issued a Call for Nominations. According to the Agency, "FDA is committed to collaborating with patients, caregivers, and advocates, as well as incorporating the various perspectives from these groups into the FDA's regulatory decision-making processes. And we know that patients and other stakeholders agree with the agency's commitment to improving and increasing patient involvement in FDA matters. In fact, members of the patient and stakeholder communities commented in public feedback on Section 1137, Patient Participation in Medical Product Discussions, of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA). Stakeholders recommended that the FDA create an outside group to provide input on patient engagement across the agency. We are pleased to announce that in response to that feedback and to accelerate the FDA's efforts in this area, today the FDA published a request for nominations to join the FDA's Patient Engagement Collaborative (PEC)." Click here for more FDA information.
  • Tell Your Patients and Providers to sign up for the P3 Patient Advocacy WebsitePatient Advocacy efforts make a real difference. That's why we need our IACP members' help to encourage more people to Join P3 and to Share their Stories! So many of our own IACP members have joined the P3 effort. Share this resource with everyone in your communities - your patients, your providers, your staff, your friends and family. 
  • Your Patients and Providers are asking their Representatives to Support HR 2871 with 531 messages sent to the Hill! Encourage your patients and providers to visit P3's Patient Advocacy Website. Advocates can instantly send a direct message to their Congressional Representatives, asking them to cosponsor the bipartisan legislation, HR 2871. Visit P3's Patient Advocacy Website. It's easy to use and will only take a few minutes to send an important HR 2871 message to Congress. 
  • IACP MEMBERS: We NEED your patient stories to feature on the P3 website - how have compounded medications helped your community? Share YOUR Stories! Please ask your patients and providers to also share their stories on the P3 website
IACP Events & Education

IACP Educational Conference
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
Fort Lauderdale, Fla
January 24-27, 2018! #EduCon2018

It's Not TOO Late! You can still attend  IACP's Educational Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, January 24-27, 2018! Enjoy southern Florida's soothing coastal ambience at the gorgeous Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach with every hotel room providing a gorgeous ocean view! More details here !
Registration NOW OPEN for IACP's 24th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill!

June 23-26, 2018 
999 Ninth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

The 24th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill (CCH) will be held June 23-26, 2018 at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel! With more than 400 expected attendees, 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. 

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

Register Here! Reserve Your Hotel Room Here!
IACP Compounder Calendar

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

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IACP Affiliate News 

Safe Compounding & Safe Handling of Hazardous Drug Week - Register by January 31st for Early Bird Discounts!
  • USP Education - Live Courses <800>, <797>, <795> - Spring Session March 21-23, 2018 - Safe Compounding & Safe Handling of Hazardous Drug Week - Register by January 31st for Early Bird Discounts! Please click here for more information. 
Coming soon... in 2018
  • Know your exposure: Awareness campaign
  • HazRx™ Mobile App:  At the point of practice tool to identify HDs and take measures to help decrease risk associated with handling hazardous drugs. 

IACP Foundation News
Principal Investigator: Venkata Kashyap Yellepeddi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Roseman University of Health Sciences
Click here to view the abstract.* 

This abstract was published in  American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy January 2018, 75 (1) e28-e35 The link to the abstract on AJHP is available here

Click here to view IACP Foundation Research.
  • Through the generosity of donors to the IACP Foundation Fund-the-Future campaign, the IACP Foundation provides pharmacy students with an opportunity to attend the IACP Educational Conference held January 24th-27th, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Each grant is valued up to $2,500. The IACP Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Educational Conference Fund-the-Future.   
Congratulations to  Christine Borunda , University of Texas at Austin School of Pharmacy, Austin, TX and  Ralph Galega , University of Texas at Austin School of Pharmacy, Austin, TX!

For more information about Fund-the-Future program and the IACP Foundation click  here!
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