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Capitol Connections January 7, 2013
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January 7, 2013

State-by-State Compounding Update

IACP proudly announces the launch of Compounders Stateside. IACP’s Compounders Stateside will serve as a one-stop resource for state compounding updates and the latest happenings with the state Boards of Pharmacy. Please be sure to check this page periodically, as it will continue to be updated as situations evolve with each individual state. Click here to view Compounders Stateside which is prominently featured on IACP’s homepage.


Monetary fines, whistleblower protections and a reconfigured Board of Registration in Pharmacy are among the reforms Gov. Deval Patrick proposed Friday in the wake of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak tied to a Framingham compounding pharmacy. At a press conference, Patrick said he wants more professional perspectives represented on the board and said he's calling for special licenses for sterile compounding. Click here to view article in its entirety.

Effective January 1, 2013:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) no longer accepts billing by pharmacies for "Prepared Drugs". Click here for more information.

IACP has formally requested documentation and instructions from CMS regarding their final interpretation of "incident to" billing and the communications to fiscal intermediaries.  Once CMS responds to IACP with that information, we will share it with our membership in a future issue of Capitol Connections.

IACP Statement on Healthcare Provider Status for Pharmacists

"IACP is a member of the multi-organizational stakeholder group working with other pharmacy associations to obtain provider status for all pharmacists.  IACP believes that the long-term goal of enabling all pharmacists to bill for services over-and-above those associated solely with dispensing of prescriptions will provide greater opportunities for the profession.  For compounders, consultation with prescribers about the development of unique medication solutions is just one area that the Academy sees as an important service which deserves compensation and reimbursement by payers."

The Academy will keep its members apprised of new developments in forthcoming issues of Capitol Connections.

Media Coverage of Compounding & Meningitis Outbreak

Below is a compilation of print, radio and television news pieces on pharmacy compounding and the meningitis outbreak crisis.

Regulating Compounding Pharmacies: What Do Pharmacists Think?Medscape, December 26, 2012
Tracing The Big Meningitis Outbreak Of 2012NPR, December 30, 2012
Fungal meningitis: Michigan hospital leads fight against deadly outbreakNBC News, December 31, 2012
Pharmacy Regulators to Expand OversightKMJ NOW News Talk Radio, January 1, 2013
What is the Role of Compounding Pharmacies?AAOS Now, January 2013 Issue

Click here to view full list.

Remembering Kay Sparks

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a much-beloved compounding pharmacist and esteemed colleague. IACP sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Kay Sparks, wife of PCCA CEO David Sparks. Kay Sparks passed away on December 25, 2012.

Her professional career, which began in the 1960’s, was dedicated to the practice of pharmacy compounding. The Academy paid homage to Kay and her contributions to compounding by naming its Missouri City headquarters after her.

"Ms. Kay was a true standard-bearer for our profession and she will be greatly missed," says, IACP President Scott Karolchyk, MS, RPh, FIACP.

Thank you Kay, for all you’ve done for our profession. Click here to view PCCA’s comments page honoring Kay Sparks.

2013 Educational Conference Update

The ONLY Political Action Committee for Compounders Welcomes the Honorable Sam Farr at IACP’s COMP PAC Reception held during the 2013 Educational Conference

Exclusive IACP Member Event
The 2013 Educational Conference welcomes the Honorable Sam Farr, U. S. House of Representatives (D, CA-17) as the keynote speaker for the COMP PAC Reception on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the St. Regis Monarch Beach resort.

This exclusive event will allow IACP Members to have a candid and direct dialogue with the Congressman to talk about the future of health care and compounding.  All proceeds will go to our goal of raising $200,000 and making COMP PAC one of the largest political action committees in pharmacy. Click here for more information.

Enjoy CE by the Sea!
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind, 3-in-1 conference that brings the pharmacy profession together in paradise. For the very first time, ACA, IACP and ACVP are joining forces to bring you an extraordinary Educational Conference, February 6-9, 2013 at the luxurious St. Regis Monarch Beach resort. Take advantage of Continuing Education from three leading pharmacy organizations, multi-organization networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall showcasing companies dedicated to helping you grow your practice. Click here to view article in its entirety.

In Case You Missed It…The December issue of CustomRx Connection Released


The December issue of IACP's online magazine, CustomRx Connection, features articles from the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB), the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), veterinary compounding expert Gigi Davidson, and IACP Foundation Essay Scholarship winners. Click here to view the December issue now!

Please email with your editorial ideas!


IACP Calendar


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

Click here to view IACP’s Upcoming Events.



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