Bi-weekly Member Newsletter                                             November 3, 2017
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  iacpinfo@iacprx.org .

IACP President Baylor Rice, RPh, FIACP
IACP/ABOUT

One-on-One with IACP President Baylor Rice

Thank you for the opportunity to talk with you about IACP fundraising efforts! In my last  One-on-One with you, I shared our current IACP  Member Initiatives , how you can contribute to IACP, IACP Foundation and COMP PAC, and what the mission and activities are for each area. Thanks for all the feedback on this article! I'm pleased it helped to clarify our fundraising goals and objectives, and answered some of your questions on our efforts.

Stay tuned next week for another One-on-One which will provide you details on how your dues and contributions are being employed. It's vitally important to the IACP Board of Directors that we operate in a fully transparent manner, providing you with information on how your dues and contributions are being put to work. The IACP Board and Staff are working tirelessly to ensure that we are strategically applying your contributions to our ongoing efforts, while also being vigilant on where we can be more efficient and save money. Next week, I will provide you with a detailed accounting of our expenses and where we are applying your contributions. In the meantime, we encourage you to email us at iacpinfo@iacprx.org with any questions!
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!

Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of the 1st President's Annual Gala:
Letco Medical (Entertainment Sponsor, Table Sponsor);  My USP 800 (Additional Gala drink tickets);  PCCA (Table Sponsor). 

Thank you,  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! All proceeds from the President's Gala will go to the IAC P One Fund.

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  iacpinfo@iacprx.org .
EVP Tracker! 

IACP wants you to have access to the EVP, the staff, as well as the Board of Directors. Stay up-to-date on where IACP's Executive Vice President Cynthia Blankenship, Esq. is traveling, and set-up meetings or come by and say hi! Keep up-to-date on Cynthia's whereabouts with the EVP Tracker and let her know if you would like to host a Town Hall or meeting at your pharmacy! Next on Cynthia's travel plans: 
  • IACP's Educational Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., January 24-27, 2018
  • United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Compounding Expert Committee (CEC), April 2018
*IACP EVP Cynthia Blankenship has been appointed as the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) delegate representing IACP. The delegate is invited to attend the USP five-year meeting in 2020 and the twice per year Compounding Expert Committee (CEC) meeting as an observer. 

IACP Board of Directors Nominations Have Closed - Here are Next Steps! 

IACP's Call for Nominations and the Election Cycle for the Board of Directors have closed. Thank you for all the suggested candidates we received! The number of suggested candidates was tremendous and we are so grateful to have members as engaged and excited about the organization as you. IACP is a success because of YOU! Your work is what helps make us the great organization that we are.

Now the process begins! We will be reaching out individually to each suggested candidate to discuss the process and to see if the candidates are interested and able to meet the requirements to serve on the IACP Board of Directors. Read more here and view the list of nominees!  

 IACP President Baylor Rice and President-
Elect Erik Tosh
REGISTER TODAY for IACP's Educational Conference!

WATCH  IACP President Baylor Rice, RPh, FIACP and President-Elect Erik Tosh, BS, RPh, FIACP, FACA , as they urge you to attend IACP's Educational Conference & Inaugural President's Gala , January 24-27, 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla! #EduCon2018 ! More information and register here

Please join us and your colleagues at the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach for a jam-packed agenda filled with exciting educational sessions and connect with your colleagues during the President's Gala, receptions, and time with IACP exhibitors! The IACP exhibit hall is already sold out and the room block is filling up quickly, so please register now! We look forward to seeing you in Ft. Lauderdale!
Let's Keep the Momentum Going! 
Please Contribute to IACP's One Fund!
Newsroom

IACP Member Alerts

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. 

IACP Featured in Bloomberg Law Article: "Is FDA Going Too Far in Enforcing Drug Compounding Law?"   

The I nternational Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) was featured heavily in a
Bloomberg Law article,  "Is FDA Going Too Far in Enforcing Drug Compounding Law?" written by  Bronwyn Mixter .

(Reproduced with permission from  Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report , 15 PLIR (OCT. 25, 2017). Copyright 2017 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <http://www.bna.com>)

Article Excerpt: "Addressing Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Guidance Documents and concerns that FDA has issued no rules for compounding but only guidance documents, which aren't legally enforceable, IACP Executive Vice President Cynthia Blankenship says, 'Mass confusion has resulted from the usage of guidance documents, and the FDA is definitely circumventing the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) in our opinion,' The APA governs how federal agencies propose and establish regulations. IACP wants Congress to pass a bill (H.R. 2871) they say will fix these issues." 

Please click here to read more.
IACP News Tracking

  • UnitedHealth Group's health insurance and PBM units have teamed up with Allscripts to offer PreCheck MyScript, giving real-time patient-specific information on drug pricing at point of care. Insiders say United's move is innovative and could launch a new trend in such capabilities if the venture goes well.
  • UnitedHealthcare and OptumRx say the product will give physicians what they have wanted for a long time: to help their patients, and thus health plans, save money. The insurer contends it is the first to offer the tool, which is now available to all care providers in its network. OptumRx will offer PreCheck MyScript to additional clients in early 2018, the companies said.
  • Throughout the past year, and without much fanfare, Amazon.com Inc. has gained approval to become a wholesale distributor from a number of state pharmaceutical boards according to a review of public records.
Membership

IACP's Membership Survey has closed. Thank you to all participants! We will use
YOUR feedback to shape not only the direction of IACP, but also the resources IACP provides, our communications to you, and our events! Stay tuned for a comprehensive results report and how IACP will be implementing your ideas!



IACP  Extends Membership Drive! Sign Up your Staff for 25% off NEW IACP Memberships. Share this with Your Colleagues! Due to the incredible number of members to join IACP during the membership drive and the interest expressed, IACP has extended our membership drive! Thank you to all the new IACP members and to the current IACP members that have shared their testimonials about what value they receive from IACP. YOU made these efforts a success! Thank you for your membership! Use code CCH25, and click here to save! 

New Membership Processes Coming Soon! We want to make sure your membership dues are utilized to provide you with all the resources you need! As such, we are revamping some of our membership processes such as going digital for new membership packets and renewals. You may have received a fax blast by now describing the new renewal process, if not you can find it HERE. Please take a moment to review. We will continue to fax and email renewals. In addition, new members will be taken to a new member packet when the new website is revealed that will contain videos from the Board with tutorials and new information to provide digitalized information at less costs to IACP. Just more ways we are ensuring your membership dues are used to provide the resources you need.    
IACP Member News 



IACP Board Member Cheri Kraemer, RPh, Pharmacy Specialties & Clinic, Sioux Falls, SD, is the first to achieve the Accreditation Commission for Health Care's (ACHC) new Distinction in Hazardous Drug Handling (HDH), which focuses on practices for handling hazardous drugs in healthcare settings.

Congratulations, Cheri! Read more here!


IACP Board Member Anthony Grzib, RPh , IACP Members Marcy Bliss and Randy Burrows , Wedgewood Pharmacy in Swedesboro, N.J., hosted Congressman Buddy Carter (GA) as he toured the pharmacy's state-of-the art facilities and discussed the unique role compounding plays in veterinary medicine, and the Congressional intent that it remain a state-licensed practice. Read more in a press release !



IACP Member Michael Blaire, RPh, FIACP , Diamondback Drugs in Scottsdale, Ariz., met with Congressman Scott Taylor (VA) , the only freshman Congressman to be appointed to the House Appropriations committee. 

Michael and the Congressman discussed the importance of 
HR 2871 in preserving patient access to compounded medications!



IACP Members C.F. "Sonny" Currin Jr. and his son, Chris Currin, of Rx3 Compounding Pharmacy in Chester, Va., are spotlighted in a Richmond Times-Dispatch article, featuring quotes from physicians whose patients are being served with compounded medications! Read more here!


Advocacy


Federal Advocacy
  •  FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Grants DQSA Coalition Meeting Request - IACP Members : We have some very exciting news! Due to the incredible diligence and hard work of the DQSA Coalition , the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, MD , has granted our request for a meeting. Read here Dr. Gottlieb's letter sent to David Pore of Hance Scarborough LLP , IACP's D.C. legislative counsel. 
The DQSA Coalition, comprised of more than 30 provider and pharmacy organizations and led by  IACP's Executive Vice President Cynthia Blankenship , was created with a primary goal of ensuring the FDA implements the  Drug Quality & Security Act as Congress fully intended in order to preserve patient access to vital compounded medications.  As such, the DQSA Coalition has steadily worked over the past year to communicate its concerns that patients are being prevented critical access to the essential compounded medications upon which they depend. Please click here to view the letter the DQSA Coalition sent last June to the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Thomas E. Price, requesting a meeting to discuss these concerns on behalf of your patients. We are pleased our efforts have resulted in scheduling a meeting with Dr. Gottlieb and will keep you apprised of all updates. IACP is working hard to preserve your patients' access to life-saving compounded medications!
  • The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced on October 25th that a Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee (PCAC) meeting would occur on November 20-21, 2017 during the week of the Thanksgiving holiday. PLEASE NOTE: The PCAC meeting will be open to the public, and you are encouraged to submit comments and attend the meeting.
The meeting will be held from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Monday, November 20th, and from 8:30 am to 11:30 am on Tuesday, November 21st at the FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (Rm. 1503), Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. In the Agenda portion of the notice, the FDA announced that the nominators of the following substances and products will be invited to make a short presentation supporting the nomination: astragalus, L-citrulline, pregnenolone, 7-keto dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), and resveratrol. Read more here!
  • FDA Releases PCAC Briefing Documents Ahead of November 20-21 Meeting Detailing FDA's Recommendations on API & Compound Nominations - The November 20-21, 2017 Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee (PCAC) meeting briefing document has been uploaded to the FDA website. In addition, FDA has made updates to the PCAC meeting agenda and public participation details which can be found here. More information in this IACP Member Alert
  • DQSA Coalition Update - New Messaging Documents coming soon! The DQSA Coalition has developed a Steering Committee that is working diligently on new messaging documents as well as additional Congressional efforts. Stay tuned for the release of these documents soon!  
  • Your Efforts are Making a HUGE Difference! We Now Have 40 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 speak on the record!
Congress and Agency Actions in the News

Politico - Pulse - Senate Democrats Issue 'Requirements' for Next HHS Secretary
  • In a joint letter to the White House, Sens. Patty Murray and Ron Wyden - the ranking members on the Senate HELP and Finance committees, respectively - petition President Donald Trump on how to pick the next leader of HHS.
  • "In light of the concerning trend of extreme, ideological policymaking at [HHS] and the serious ethical concerns resulting in former Secretary Price's resignation, we write to outline priorities by which to evaluate any nominee for Secretary of HHS," the two senators write, before listing off 51 requirements that they say the next appointee must meet.
  • But some of those priorities set up political conflicts. For instance, the Democrats want the next secretary to "protect and improve the Medicaid program" and "support access to all approved methods of contraception at no out-of-pocket cost" - policies that many Republicans just don't support.
  • Murray and Wyden also want the next secretary to "be a careful steward of taxpayer dollars, including adhering to federal travel regulations [and] the HHS Travel Policy Manual." 
State Advocacy
  • Important Notice from the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy - Due to reports of critical drug shortages, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has postponed the rescission of pharmacy compounding rules 4729-16-10 and 4729-16-07 of the Ohio Administrative Code to a date to be determined later. Read more here.
  • Massachusetts State Board of Pharmacy Notice of Public Hearing - Notice is hereby given pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, § 2, that the Board of Registration in Pharmacy (Board) within the Department of Public Health (Department), will hold a public hearing on the Board's proposed new regulation at 247 CMR 17.00, Sterile Compounding. The proposed regulation sets standards for sterile compounding practice, as mandated by M.G.L. c. 112, § 39G. The public hearing will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017, at 10:00 am in Room 417A/B (4th Floor), 239 Causeway Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114. Hearing testimony may be presented orally or in writing; a written copy of any oral testimony will be requested. More information including written testimony submission instructions here. IACP plans to provide written testimony for this hearing. 
  • NOW AVAILABLE! 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  
  • 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 524 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? Please email Dagmar Anderson Climo, VP of IACP Communications at dagmar@iacprx.org.
IACP Events & Education


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

Registration Discount Ends December 1, 2017!

Registration is OPEN for IACP's Educational Conference!  Come join us to obtain CE by the Sea! Make plans to 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!

Click here for a Educational Conference Schedule Sneak Peek!

NEW!  IACP's Presidents Annual Gala - IACP will be premiering our First Presidents Annual Gala during the Educational Conference on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Infinity  Ballroom at the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach. Meet the new IACP Executive Vice President Cynthia Blankenship, Esq., and witness the installation of the IACP Board of Directors Officers! Enjoy an exquisite three-course meal, with your choice of Seared Sirloin Steak with Zinfandel Shallot Reduction, Petit Filet with Herb Grilled Jumbo Shrimp, Grilled Salmon with a  Roasted Garlic-Lime Emulsion, or a delicious Vegetable Pad Thai. One complimentary drink ticket and live entertainment will be included with your Gala reservation. Tickets can be  purchased during registration. Corporate Members - Please contact IACP's Ashlyn Grant  for exciting sponsorship opportunities

Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of the  1st President's Annual Gala:
Letco Medical (Entertainment Sponsor, Table Sponsor);  My USP 800  (Additional Gala drink tickets);  PCCA  (Table Sponsor). 

Thank you,  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 hereAll proceeds from the President's Gala will go to the IACP One Fund.
Save the Date for #CCH2018!

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!
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.

IACP Foundation Update

IACP Foundation's Board of Directors 2018 Call for Nominations is Now Open! The IACP Foundation is looking for people interested in becoming more involved and actively working with rest of the IACP Foundation Board of Directors to advance the practice of pharmacy compounding through student interactions, educational and scientific programming, and research. The Bylaws of IACP Foundation set forth an open election process with nominations for candidates accepted directly from the community of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, other healthcare professionals, patients, etc. More here

IACP Foundation Fund-the-Future now accepting applications for the 2018 IACP Educational Conference! It's that time of year again! Do you know a pharmacy student interested in learning more about independent pharmacy and compounding? Through the generosity of donors to our Fund-the-Future campaign the IACP Foundation is offering up to two (2) pharmacy students a travel grant to attend the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists' (IACP) - Educational Conference on January 24-27, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. All pharmacy student are encouraged to apply. More here!
IACP Corporate Member News 

 

  • IACP is pleased to send you information on continuing education resources! We are always looking for tools we believe will be beneficial for your pharmacy practices and professional development! Our Corporate Member LP3 Network is Offering IACP Members a Special Discount on all 2017 Continuing Education Training Activities! Check out below information from LP3 Network!

Key advantages offered by LP3 Network: 

  • A comprehensive portfolio of accredited hands-on programs that are designed to help your organization reach its full potential.
  • World-class learning environments equipped with the cutting-edge compounding technologies.
  • Scheduling flexibility - courses are available weekly throughout the United States including in California, Florida, Nevada, New York, and Texas.
  • Free access to a vast library of compounding webinars.

Click here to view the course catalogue.

 

Thank You, IACP Corporate Member LP3 Network, for offering our membership a special discount!

  • MEDISCA is holding the  World Congress of Compounding 2018 (WCC) on October 27th to October 28th, 2018 in Las Vegas. The International Compounding Pharmacy Community will gather for the industry's first event to network and exchange ideas about the latest trends and technologies in personalized medicine. To register, please click here!
Corporate Member Spotlight: Spectrum Pharmacy Products


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  • More than 700 USP bulk items
All of Spectrum's USP/NF grade monograph compounding chemicals are manufactured, handled, packed and held under current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) per 21CFR parts 210 and 211 in FDA inspected facilities.

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