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Capitol Connections March 15, 2013
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March 15, 2013

A Letter from IACP President Wade Siefert, RPh

Fellow IACP Members:

Thank you for the confidence you have entrusted in me! I am both honored and humbled to be your 22nd President. This year we will be facing some of the most daunting challenges our industry has ever faced. Many of you already have stepped up to the plate. Thank you one and all.

We know that with great challenges, comes great opportunity. So I am reaching out to each and every one of you to be proactive, and seize this opportunity with me, because our Profession needs us. Our Profession is at a tipping point, so when the going gets tough, I draw down from examples set by esteemed colleagues like Past Presidents: Scott Karolchyk, John Herr, Rich Moon, David Nicoletti, Mike Leake and John Preckshot. I admire their decision to lead, and their relentless determination to elevate our Profession, making an indelible impression and opening vast doors of opportunity for the whole of our membership.

Click here to view Wade's entire article.

AVMA/AHI Update 

IACP’s EVP/CEO David G. Miller, RPh, and VP Government Affairs Sarah Dodge continue ongoing meetings with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to determine issues of mutual concern. IACP has confirmed that AVMA will be heading a panel at IACP’s annual Compounders on Capitol Hill as part of an overview of how compounding issues are impacting and being addressed by professional organizations representing prescribers.   

Several weeks ago, IACP was asked by the Animal Health Institute (AHI) to review a draft amendment they are considering proposing to any potential animal drug user fee or authorizing legislation that may move in Congress. AHI, the organization representing the veterinary pharmaceutical industry, would potentially restrict the compounding of certain Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API)-based preparations to a “positive” list which the FDA would create and maintain. IACP is opposed to such a list and believes that as written, the proposed AHI concept is clinically unworkable. AVMA and IACP also have discussed this amendment and the veterinary organization understands the difficulties in complying with the current FDA position that the use of APIs for non-food producing animals is prohibited; however, AVMA’s current position is that veterinarians should follow the directions given by the agency and which are spelled out in the 2003 Compliance Policy Guideline on Veterinary Compounding. 

Click here to read more about the AVMA/AHI Update. 

IACP's EVP/CEO David G. Miller, RPh Interviews with ABC News

IACP's CEO David G. Miller, RPh; PCAB's Executive Director Joe Cabaleiro, RPh; and IACP Members Stephen Bernardi, MS, RPh, Johnson Compounding & Wellness Center, and Chuck Leiter, PharmD, Leiter's Compounding Pharmacy, continue to present pharmacy compounding's perspective in an ABC News story published on March 14, 2013. Click here to read the article.

Colorado Members: Have you Received a Letter from the Colorado Department of Corrections?

IACP Members practicing in Colorado - you may have received a letter from the Colorado Department of Corrections asking whether you are able to compound sodium thiopental to be used in a lethal injection case.  This letter was addressed in an article from yesterday evening's Denver Post.  Click here to read the Denver Post story.

IACP and the Colorado Pharmacists Society (CPS) spoke on Wednesday morning, March 13, 2013, about this letter.  CPS has determined that the Department of Corrections did not contact the state's Board of Pharmacy prior to issuing the letter.  It is not yet known whether compounding or dispensing any medication which the pharmacist knows will cause harm is legal within the state.  CPS also is notifying its members of that as IACP is doing as well.

There are several additional business issues to consider when approached to compound a medication used for executions that are separate from the ethical and legal ones. First, make sure your professional liability insurance provides coverage for such an action.  Second, consider the potential security implications to your practice, your employees and your families. Given that the death penalty is a controversial and very high-profile issue, having your pharmacy known as the source of the lethal medicine may bring unwanted attention -- media, picketing by death penalty opponents, threats, etc.  IACP and CPS will continue to keep you informed on this as we gain additional information.

Can you Compound 17-P Hydroxyprogesterone in Iowa?

Several Iowa IACP members have contacted our offices to ask about an article that appeared in the Board of Pharmacy's most recent newsletter about the compounding of 17-P.  Some have interpreted the Board's article to mean that compounding of 17-P hydroxyprogesterone is not permitted by Iowa pharmacy permit holders.  That is not correct.

In fact, at the beginning of the year, the Iowa Medicaid department issued an extensive guidance letter to providers that explained exactly how billing for Makena® or the compounded 17-P is to be handled. Click here to view the letter.

Click here to read the entire 17-P Hydroxyprogesterone in Iowa article.

Join APhA's Compounding Special Interest Group!

To enroll in APhA's Compounding Special Interest Group, please click here.
The deadline to join is March 22, 2013 - the group needs another 30 members to achieve official status. You will need your APhA member number when you enroll. 

IACP Welcomes New Corporate Partners

The IACP Corporate Partner program engages corporate leaders in the pharmacy compounding community by connecting them with IACP’s more than 2,700 pharmacists, technicians, students, and members of the compounding community.  We encourage all IACP members to support these corporate partners that are instrumental in our joint effort to protect and grow this vital part of quality health care. Thank you for your continued support of pharmacy compounding!

Compounders on Capitol Hill Welcome Reception Honoring IACP Fellows, Sponsored by Letco Medical!

Start your Compounders on Capitol Hill experience off right by renewing old acquaintances and meeting new colleagues who share your passion and interest in protecting, promoting and advancing pharmacy compounding! Sponsored by IACP Corporate Partner Letco Medical, the Welcome Reception will take place on Saturday, June 1 from 6-10 p.m. in bin 1700, a comfortable lounge, inside the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Set in a relaxed, lounge environment, the Welcome Reception Honoring the IACP Fellows will recognize those elite members as specialists in the art and skill of pharmacy compounding before their colleagues at Compounders on Capitol Hill. Join us for cocktails and nibbles, go out with friends, pop back for dessert, come and go and connect.  Upon entry at the door, Letco Medical will be holding a raffle for one lucky attendee to win a complimentary registration to Compounders on Capitol Hill 2014!

IACP Fellowship Committee Chair Richard B. Moon, PharmD, RPh, FIACP invites you to join us at the Welcome Reception honoring the IACP Fellows. “This year’s Welcome Reception is dedicated to honoring those elite IACP Members who have committed to excellence, pursued, and achieved fellowship status. As we honor these individuals, I would like to invite you to apply and help us grow and expand the fellowship program. Please click here for more information on the Fellowship Program.  Come and meet the leaders in Compounding Pharmacy Excellence!”

First Timers – we’ve developed a special area inside the Welcome Reception just for you! We will pair you with an IACP Ambassador – a veteran IACP Member and/or IACP Board of Director Member to better acquaint you with the meeting and help make introductions to new friends and colleagues.

Thank you to IACP Corporate Partner Letco Medical for your support of the Welcome Reception!  

Don’t miss out on Compounders on Capitol Hill Meeting Discounts! 

Be sure to take full advantage of all the meeting discounts offered to you as an attendee of Compounders on Capitol Hill.  Discounts from airlines, car rentals and airport shuttle services are provided.  Please click here to learn more about the discount opportunities. 

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. Hear from experts during in-depth Continuing Education sessions on legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal level affecting pharmacy compounding.

Compounders on Capitol Hill

June 1-4, 2013
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

Reserve your hotel room online by clicking here.

Register to attend the conference before April 2, 2013 and take advantage of advance discount prices.  To register for the conference or for more information, visit

Thank you to our CCH Exhibitors and Meeting Sponsors!

We would like to thank the following exhibitors for their commitment to Compounders on Capitol Hill: American College of Apothecaries (ACA); Analytical Research Laboratories (ARL); Associates of Cape Cod, Inc.; B&B Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; bioMérieux; Charles River Laboratory; Digi-Trax Corporation; DYNA Labs; Eagle Analytical Services; EMD Millipore; Exakt Technologies, Inc.; Fagron; Freedom Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Humco Compounding; International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding (IJPC); IsoTech Design; Letco Medical; Life File; Live Oak Bank; Mar Cor Purification; MEDISCA; PCAB; PCCA; Pharmacy Marketing Quarterly; RXinsider; Storey Marketing; Torpac Capsules and ZRT Laboratory, LLC.

We would like to thank the following meeting sponsors for their support of Compounders on Capitol Hill: American College of Apothecaries (Continuing Education Provider); B&B Pharmaceuticals (Meeting Tote Bag Sponsor); Fagron (Meeting Syllabus Sponsor); Freedom Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Meeting Brochure Sponsor); Letco Medical (Welcome Reception Honoring IACP Fellows Sponsor, IACP AdvanCE Education Session Sponsor); MEDISCA (Meeting T-Shirt Sponsor); PCCA (Name Badge Holder Sponsor, Hotel Room Key Sponsor, Education Session Sponsor); Storey Marketing (Meeting App Sponsor); and Topi-Click Topical Dosing Applicator (Conference Pen Sponsor).  

To learn more about the exhibitors and meeting sponsors, click here.

Boogie Down at IACP Foundation’s 9th Annual Rx Mixer Celebrating Sunday Night Fever


You're invited to a far out fab disco dance with funkadelic good vibes! IACP Foundation's 9th Annual Rx Mixer celebrating Sunday Night Fever which will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. Last year’s Casablanca-themed event was a blast, and this year we are going DISCO! Disco balls, Lava Lamps, big hair and sparkling accessories – transport yourself back to the glam days of Studio 54. The evening will include cocktails, buffet dinner, live auctions, Treasure Boxes and dancing to our funky music DJ. So break out your dancing shoes and make plans to join us for a fun and outta sight night and help fund the IACP Foundation’s research and education initiatives! Enjoy fellowship with your colleagues from around the country while benefiting the IACP Foundation. Every year, the IACP Foundation hosts a fantastic party with a purpose, the Rx Mixer.  Be sure to purchase your tickets to attend the 9th Annual Rx Mixer as a part of your Compounders on Capitol Hill registration.   

State-by-state Compounding Update

IACP's Compounders Stateside is 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. For example, check out the latest information from Florida. Click here to view Compounders Stateside which is prominently featured on IACP’s homepage.  

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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