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IACP's Celebrating Pharmacists Month & Pharmacy Technician Day In Big Way!

In observation of Pharmacists Month and Pharmacy Technician Day, IACP is offering all new pharmacist and technician members who join IACP during October, a 25 percent discount!  Please use the code  HappyPharmacy for pharmacists, and  TechDay for technicians! We love what you do for patients!! Celebrate with us and JOIN IACP!

IACP President Baylor Rice, RPh, FIACP
One-on-One with IACP President Baylor Rice

Join IACP President Baylor Rice, RPh, FIACP, as he brings you a series of articles, answering your questions on all of the exciting activities IACP has underway! 

Today, Baylor answers member questions on IACP's fundraising efforts. What's the best way to support IACP and all of the member initiatives we have in progress? What funds and efforts need your contributions the most? What are the missions/objectives for each of IACP's fundraising opportunities? How is your money being used?

Here is an overview  we hope will provide clarity on our fundraising efforts! Thank you to all those who have donated to the IACP mission! Please join us in donating to preserve patient access to life-saving compounded medications!
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 be hosting the inaugural IACP Fundraiser at the  2018 Educational Conference . All proceeds from the  President's Gala will go to the  IACP One Fund . The President's Gala will be the  ONLY IACP Fundraiser all year, so please join us! Find more information about the President's Gala, including how to attend, how to sponsor, meal selection, and entertainment details  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  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's Call for Nominations for the Board of Directors - Deadline Approaching! 

IACP's  Call for Nominations  and the Election Cycle for the Board of Directors will close on Thursday, October 26, 2017! IACP needs YOU! YOU are instrumental to the success of IACP and to compounding. Please consider joining the IACP Board of Directors, today! The Bylaws of IACP set forth an open election process with nominations for candidates accepted directly from the membership. This year, there are seven Board of Directors' seats including the position of IACP Vice President available.  Obtain  more detailed information, including candidate eligibility and term length for each board position, and a Nomination Form! 

Stay tuned as IACP releases the names of all those that have been suggested as a candidate. Then, the process begins as we reach out to each suggested candidate to discuss whether you want to move forward in the process of review by the Nominations Committee and the Board of Directors to form the final ballot for your vote! 
Join an IACP Committee!

As part of the new member-driven initiatives, we are strengthening  IACP Committees to make certain your needs are represented.  Check out  the new list on the member-only website that details new Committees created, the Committee visions, current members, and meeting times. This is the time to join an IACP Committee! We need your insight!   

 IACP President Baylor Rice and President-
Elect Erik Tosh
Save the Date 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 Save the Date for 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
USP announced the intent to postpone the official date of General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs - Handling in Healthcare Settings. To protect patients and healthcare workers from potential harm, USP General Chapters <800> Hazardous Drugs - Handling in Healthcare Settings and <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding - Sterile Preparations are designed to provide comprehensive standards for all healthcare workers to help ensure the safe handling of hazardous drugs throughout the healthcare system, including in the practice of compounding. The intent of the USP Compounding Expert Committee is that these chapters be implemented at the same time. To honor this intention, the official date of USP General Chapter <800> will be postponed to align with the expected official date of USP General Chapter <797>. The next revision to General Chapter <797> is anticipated to be published in the Pharmacopeial Forum 44(5) September/October 2018 for a second round of public comment. Both USP General Chapter <797> and USP General Chapter <800> are anticipated to become official on December 1, 2019.

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 Tracking of Compounding In the News

  • The sky-high cost of prescription meds was back in the spotlight this week. First, President Trump said drug prices "are out of control" and drug companies are "getting away with murder."
  • Then came news that the country's second-largest health insurer, Anthem, will partner with CVS to launch its own pharmacy-benefit management business, or PBM - a move that Anthem said could save as much as $4 billion a year, which may be reflected in lower costs for patients.
  • News that Anthem will launch its own new pharmacy benefit manager in 2020 in partnership with CVS Health should worry the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Insurers are closing ranks around a model that brings the PBM closer to the health plan in hopes of creating a savvier buyer of prescription medicines while seeking more transparency. UnitedHealth Group already owns OptumRx, a fast-growing PBM, and other insurers are looking at new relationships with PBMs.
  • Eyedrops overflow our eyes because drug companies make the typical drop - from pricey glaucoma drugs to a cheap bottle of Visine - larger than a human eye can hold. Some are so large that if they were pills, every time you swallowed one, you'd toss another in the garbage.
  • The waste frustrates glaucoma experts like Dr. Alan Robin, whose patients struggle to make pricey bottles of drops last. He has urged drug companies to move to smaller drops - to no avail.
  • "They had no interest in people, their pocketbooks or what the cost of drugs meant," said Robin, a Baltimore ophthalmologist, researcher and adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Membership

Have you Completed IACP's Membership Survey?  IACP is seeking your input on our programs, services, products, and demographics about your practice. IACP values our members and your feedback! 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! IACP Members: Click here to complete the survey.  IACP will be keeping in touch with you and regularly engaging your opinions. And, most importantly - communicating back to you the changes we're making based on your opinions.



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 


Congratulations IACP Member Denise Frank, RPh, Gates Healthcare Associates in Middleton, Mass., selected by the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) has as the recipient of the 2017 Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community service. Frank was presented the award at the 2017 Annual Learning Networking Event on Thursday, September 7. The Bowl of Hygeia is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, and the American Pharmacists Association, with support from Boehringer Ingelheim. More information here!More information here!


Happy 20th!! IACP Member Saad Dinno, RPh, FIACP and staff at Acton Pharmacy in Acton, Massachusetts are celebrating their pharmacy's 20th anniversary! View Wicked Local - Acton news story here!

Thank you for being an IACP member and for making a real difference in your patients' lives with compounded medications! 


IACP Member Jim Hrncir, RPh, of Las Colinas Pharmacy in Irving, Texas, has been named PCCA's Dr. M. George Webber 2017 Compounding Pharmacist of the Year, an award that is presented annually to an independent pharmacist who has demonstrated service excellence to patients, health care providers and pharmacy colleagues. Congratulations, Jim! Press release here


IACP Member John Kim, PharmD, FAARFM, of Robinson Drug in Mendham, New Jersey, has been awarded PCCA's 2017 George Roentsch Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to an up-and-coming independent pharmacist and PCCA member who embodies the innovative and sharing nature for which Roentsch was well-known in the pharmacy compounding community. Congratulations, John! Press release here.

Advocacy


Federal Advocacy
  • 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!

What's Happening Around Congress and the Federal Agencies? IACP tracks all Congressional and Agency action on compounding and pharmacy! IACP works diligently to make certain that Congress hears from you and your patients!

 

Congressional Hearing this Week:

 

U.S. Senate HELP Committee Hearing on the cost of prescription drugs: How the drug delivery system affects what patients pay. 

 

Congress and Agency Actions in the News

 

  • There was a lot of finger-pointing yesterday as the Senate HELP Committee heard testimony from various industry representatives about who's responsible for the nation's high drug prices, POLITICO's Sarah Karlin-Smith reports. 
  • HELP Committee Chairman Alexander focused his questions on the role of pharmacy benefits managers and the drug rebate system, asking whether the practice of PBM's negotiating these discounts on drugs is driving up prices, not translating to consumer savings.
  • Meanwhile, committee ranking member Patty Murray seemed most concerned about brand drug company tactics used to block competition, including techniques they use extend their market monopolies well beyond the initial FDA-granted exclusivity period or beyond the periods of patent protection for the truly innovative parts of the product.
  • Ultimately, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were enraged about the cost of drugs, Sarah tells PULSE, but with little agreement as to the root causes, legislative solutions may remain in the distance. The committee plans to hold at least one more hearing on drug pricing this year.
  • Catch Sarah on NPR's 1A today, discussing the role of the U.S. drug czar and how the administration is approaching the opioid crisis.
There is a lot more Congressional and Agency news!  Click here for more news.
State Advocacy
  • 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 522 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 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!

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

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 1st President's Annual Gala: My USP 800.

We would like to thank the following individual sponsors for their support of the 1st President's Annual Gala: Joseph Rossetti, RPh, Boulevard Pharmaceutical Compounding Center, Worcester, Mass.

Sponsorships Available, Click here! All proceeds from the Gala will go to IACP's 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:
  1. 1A comprehensive portfolio of accredited hands-on programs that are designed to help your organization reach its full potential.W
  2. World-class learning environments equipped with the cutting-edge compounding technologies.
  3. Scheduling flexibility - courses are available weekly throughout the United States including in California, Florida, Nevada, New York, and Texas.
  4. Free access to a vast library of compounding webinars.
  5. Click here to view the course catalogue.
Thank You, IACP Corporate Member LP3 Network, for offering our membership a special discount!
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IACP Affiliate Member News

Call for Representatives for American Pharmacists Association's (APhA) 2018 Remington Honor Medalist Screening Committee! IACP has been asked to participate in the selection process for APhA's 2018 Remington Honor Medal! IACP will submit two representative nominations to serve on the Remington Medal's Screening Committee. Please email your interest in serving along with a brief biographical sketch no later than Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Please note: If possible, participants should not have served on prior Remington Honor Medal Screening Committees more than twice in the past.

The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) is hosting - PCAB Accreditation and USP <800> Compliance Workshops! Space is limited, so sign up today to save your spot. CEUs provided through an ACPE-accredited provider. Visit here for more information! 
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