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Capitol Connections February 15, 2013
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February 15, 2013

IACP Celebrates President's Day

The IACP offices will be closed on Monday, February 18th, in observance of President's Day. We will reopen at 8 am on Tuesday, February 19th. Please email IACP in the interim as we will be checking this inbox.

Harper Introduces H.R.232

U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R-MS) has introduced H.R.232, which amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to authorize direct payment under part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance Benefits for the Aged and Disabled) to a pharmacy for certain covered compound drugs prepared by the pharmacy for a specific beneficiary for the effective use of an implanted infusion pump.

IACP will continue to monitor this bill as it does all other federal legislation that could impact compounders. Click here to view H.R.232

Energy & Commerce Sets Final FDA Deadline for Providing Meningitis Documents

Republican leaders of the House Energy & Commerce (E&C) Committee have set a final deadline for the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to provide documents relevant to the meningitis outbreak, and the Agency's history with the New England Compounding Center (NECC). The FDA has been told that it has until February 25, 2013, to comply with this request.  

Click here to view the E&C letter to FDA. Click here to view the E&C press release regarding this matter.

A Reminder to all IACP Members

Does your pharmacy send compounded preparations to residents of other states?  Does your pharmacy fill and dispense manufactured prescription drug products to patients who live out-of-state?  Do you process and ship "office-use" prescriptions or sell prescription medications to prescribers in other states?  

Only three states -- Georgia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania -- do not have non-resident pharmacy permit laws.  All other state Boards of Pharmacy require non-resident pharmacies to obtain a permit to deliver prescription medications into their state as part of their responsibilities to protect their citizens. Unfortunately, many pharmacies who are close to the border of another state do not realize that they, too, may be required to have a non-resident pharmacy permit or license to mail or ship prescription medications to patients or prescribers.  

Make it a priority today to review your licensure or permitting status in all the states to which you send medicines.  

IACP Participates in Provider Status Coalition

The national pharmacy associations have identified a common goal of securing status and reimbursement for pharmacists provision of patient-care services separate and apart from dispensing activities. The new Provider Status Coalition held its first formal meeting to review a set of draft principles on Thursday, February 14. IACP is directly involved in and supportive of this initiative. Compounding pharmacists not only prepare and dispense medications, they also consult with prescribers on the development and selection of therapies which take into account the personalized needs of patients. The Academy believes that service needs to not only be formally recognized by public and private payers, it must also be appropriately compensated.

The updated principles will be available within the next two weeks and we will provide you a copy of them, along with a background paper developed by the Coalition, for you to share with your colleagues and thought leaders.

IACP's David Miller Appears on

IACP continues to engage in several national media stories – and this week has been no exception. IACP’s CEO David G. Miller, RPh, was invited to appear live on the Monday, February 11th broadcast of The Diane Rehm Show, distributed by National Public Radio (NPR), NPR Worldwide and Sirius satellite radio. This is the second time he has appeared on the show in the last few months. This recent broadcast focusing upon compounding resulted directly from last week’s Washington Post article. One of the Washington Post’s reporters, Lena Sun, also appeared on the radio broadcast. Others interviewed on the show included the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy's Carmen A. Catizone, MS, RPh, DPh, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Kasey Thompson, PharmD.

Click here to listen to the entire broadcast, "Safety Concerns at Compounding Pharmacies," on The Diane Rehm Show.

Click here to read The Washington Post article, from February 7, 2013. Click here to view the letter IACP sent to The Washington Post editorial staff in response to this article.

State-by-state Compounding Update

IACP recently launched Compounders Stateside, 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.  Recent posts include information regarding the Louisiana's Pharmacy Board's Regulation Committee meeting on developing a proposal for a replacement emergency rule.

Seaside CE with ACA, IACP, and ACVP proved to be a wonderful 3-in-1 combination!

The three-day ACA, IACP, ACVP Educational Conference in Dana Point, Calif. drew more than 276 attendees from 38 states and 4 Canadian provinces and Guam. All three leading pharmacy associations gathered at the luxurious St. Regis Monarch Beach resort with one ultimate goal, to provide unique Continuing Education programs. Click here to read the article. 

2013 Compounders on Capitol Hill Registration is Open!

The 19th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill (CCH) will be held June 1-4, 2013, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. Located only two miles from Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), the Crystal Gateway Marriott offers immediate lobby access to Washington, D.C.’s world-famous Metro system and a quick ride to all the museums, sights, restaurants, and even the Capitol.

Click here to read more about CCH Registration!

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