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Capitol Connections July 26, 2013
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July 26, 2013

Senate HELP Committee Revises S. 959 Draft Bill

Revisions to the S. 959 Draft Pharmacy Compounding Bill were released last Wednesday evening. Although the newly revised draft includes changes that IACP was successful in influencing (click here to view the evolution of the draft bill with IACP's input), the draft as it currently stands is still unworkable, and would negatively impact patients' access and pharmacists' ability to provide pharmacy compounds.

Please see links below to access current S. 959 revisions (please note that all of the following links are Senate documents, not IACP documents):

Please click here to view the newly revised S. 959 draft.

Please click here for a summary of the changes.

Please click here for a summary of the changes, section by section.

Please click here to view an FAQ regarding S. 959.

Please click here to view the Congressional Budget Office's Cost Estimate for S. 959.

What is the Real Story on S. 959's Status?

There has been considerable information swirling (some accurate, some inaccurate, some pure speculation) on S. 959's status. The bill is not scheduled for a vote either yesterday or today. There are sufficient questions already being raised by Senate offices based upon the dissemination of the revised draft on Wednesday, July 24th to forestall any efforts to achieve a unanimous consent. The latest schedule for the Senate floor actions released this morning and reconfirmed does not yet list S. 959 for consideration. We will be going through all these rumors and speculations -- which unfortunately only create more confusion and uncertainty in the professional community -- during IACP's Town Hall teleconference on Sunday evening. See below article.

A CQ Roll Call article issued this week is consistent with what IACP has learned. This is a publication read routinely by Senate and House offices. Click here for the article.

Join IACP for Special Town Hall on S. 959 Sunday, July 28th

Join IACP's Executive Vice President/CEO David G. Miller, RPh, for a special Member Town Hall on Sunday, July 28th, 8 pm EST, as he walks you through the newly revised S. 959 Draft Bill, answers all of your questions, and provides you with action steps for going forward. Even with this week's revisions, S. 959 is still unworkable. Don't miss this important Town Hall charting our next steps.

A Blast Fax was distributed with all of the call-in numbers and information for this Town Hall. Please email with your current fax number if you did not receive this blast fax.

The Town Hall will be recorded and will be available on the Members only site in the coming week. Please email your questions to whether you can attend the live session or not, so we can address your questions at the Town Hall.

TriCare Delays its Reimbursement Restrictions on Compounded Prescriptions

Tricare, the federal health benefit program for Americans serving in the military, veterans, and their families, has recently delayed implementation of a decision to stop coverage of compounded medications. Multiple meetings with the Armed Services Committees of the House and Senate have paid off. TriCare and its contracted PBM Express Scripts have announced a 6-month "hold" on its decision to suspend reimbursement for API-based compounded medicines.

IACP believes this plan should be discarded, not simply delayed. IACP is continuing to work with key groups on this issue and will keep its members apprised of further news.

Please click here for the Express-Scripts/Tricare website information on compounded medications.

IACP's David Miller Testifies at House Energy & Commerce Hearing

Last Tuesday, July 16th, IACP testified before a House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health to provide its perspective on S. 959 as well as legislation currently under development by Congressman Morgan Griffith (R- VA). The three-hour hearing can be viewed on the Committee's website - click here.

IACP has submitted additional comments to the Griffith draft. Right now, ongoing discussion about whether volume should be an indicator of whether a pharmacy is a manufacturer - a point the FDA would like to see included - are of particular concern to IACP. Your Academy will keep you informed of the latest information on this developing House draft.

IACP's P2C2 Advocacy Postcards Now Available for Member Download!

IACP's Patients and Professionals for Customized Care (P2C2)advocacy group now encompasses more than 164,000 patients and practitioners who have enlisted to protect and preserve pharmacy compounding! IACP is working to increase this support base to 200,000 members in 2013 to make our voices even stronger! P2C2 brings together people who know first-hand that compounded medicines are a critical part of modern, individualized health care and provides them the necessary tools to ensure that access to personalized medication solutions remains possible.

As part of this effort, IACP designed a selection of P2C2 postcards to help you communicate to your patients and practitioners about the immense value of compounding, and how they can help protect their access to personalized medications. IACP is now offering these postcards to you for FREE download. Click below to access P2C2 Postcard Artwork. Printed P2C2 postcards can still be ordered from IACP -
Click here for an Order Form.

Pharmacy Compounding - General

Compounding for Bio-identical Hormone Patients

Compounding for Veterinary Patients

Compounding for Pediatric Patients

Compounding for Geriatric Patients  

Call for Nominations - 2014 IACP Board of Directors Elections

IACP’s nominating process for the 2014 Board of Directors election cycle is now open! The Bylaws of IACP set forth an open election process with nominations for candidates accepted directly from the membership. Interested candidates may be nominated or may be self-nominated to the IACP Nominating Committee chaired by IACP Immediate Past President Scott Karolchyk, MS, RPh, FIACP. The IACP Board of Directors receives the Nominating Committee report at its October Board Meeting, approves the slate of candidates, and then all qualified IACP members are able to participate in the election process held each November.

This year, there are seven Board of Directors’ seats for which candidates are sought as well nominees for the position of IACP Vice President. Click here for more information.

Be One Get One Membership Campaign: Help Grow IACP this Summer

We know how important a collective voice of compounding is and that NOW is the time to grow that voice. You can help by participating in the IACP Be One Get One Campaign. When it comes to spreading the word about the value of membership, no one does it better than YOU, a current member.

The campaign aims to grow IACP’s membership by recruiting from within our own members’ pharmacies. Ever thought of gifting your staff with a membership? Or encouraging them to join the only association that represents pharmacy compounders in the legislative & regulatory affairs arena? NOW is the time to do it!

Together we stand to support pharmacy compounding on the local, national, and international levels. We need you to step up to the plate and help us make sure that compounding pharmacy has a bright future!

This summer IACP is offering a discount for new memberships. Register at least one new staff pharmacist and one new technician and get BOTH first year membership fees for a discounted $300 with our 1+1=300 summer special! Click here for more information.

Click here for more information or to participate in IACP’s Be One Get One Campaign. 

Selecting an API Supplier – Did You Know?

Aside from the general business terms and conditions compounding pharmacists ordinarily review, for any new potential supplier of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), you should always require the following:

1.    Evidence of their current licensure as a wholesaler/distributor in the state in which you practice. That's required. Some suppliers do not do business in some states because they choose to be only regional.
2.    Evidence of their status as a registrant with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Manufacturers, wholesalers, suppliers, distributors, importers, etc. must register with the FDA and be subject to regular inspections and compliance with laws and regulations.  You can do some of that verification yourself by visiting
FDA's website. Please send an email to with any questions.  

Save the Date & New Location!

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind, 3-in-1 conference that brings the pharmacy profession together in paradise.  The American College of Apothecaries (ACA), the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) and the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP) are joining forces again to bring you an extraordinary Educational Conference, February 5-8, 2014 at the ocean front property, the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

What you can expect in 2014:

  • Benefit from multiple education tracks; practice-based, compounding, and veterinary clinical and compounding.  
  • Learn the fundamental steps to successfully work with your local media.
  • Develop a Social Media campaign about your pharmacy and its role in the community.  
  • Leverage the latest tools and resources to implement a quality improvement plan in your pharmacy.
  • Hear what your peers are doing in the This Works for Me! sessions.
  • Tips for hiring and retaining good employees for a successful pharmacy.  
  • What’s New in Veterinary Pharmacy, and much more!
  • Visit with companies showcasing services that can improve your business.

Click here to read more! 

Why You Should Attend the ACA, IACP, ACVP Educational Conference

Click on the image below to learn more about Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

Discover another side of yourself in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Charter a fishing boat for an afternoon adventure. Relax at the spa. Fort Lauderdale is famous for its beaches, arts, culture and events. From shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, to gondola rides on the canals, to a historic riverfront. It's all part of a vacation that goes beyond the ordinary. 

Stay tuned! Registration will open August of 2013.

Educational Conference
February 5-8, 2014
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Chicago, IL Regional Education Meeting Recap!

The IACP Regional Education Meeting in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, July 25, 2013 hosted 40 pharmacists, technicians, and pharmacy students! Attendees listened to IACP’s Executive Vice President & CEO David G. Miller, RPh as he presented a two-hour dynamic presentation titled, Pharmacy Compounding Law and Regulations: Staying Current in a Changing World."

A big thank you to Mark Drugs Roselle Pharmacy for hosting the IACP Regional Education Meeting!

IACP’s David G. Miller is Headed to Austin, TX; Houston, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; and Tulsa, OK!

The IACP Regional Education Meeting brings 2.0 contact hours (.20 CEUs) of live pharmacy law continuing education credit to pharmacists and technicians all across the United States. At this seminar, you will hear from IACP's Executive Vice President & CEO David G. Miller, RPh as he presents Pharmacy Compounding Law and Regulations: Staying Current in a Changing World, an in-depth presentation on federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that affect you and your practice.

The seminar is designed for any pharmacist, technician or pharmacy student currently involved in or interested in building their understanding about compounding pharmacy.  Whether you’re a veteran compounder or just thinking about implementing this critical health service for your community, we hope you’ll join us for an evening of education and fellowship. For more information, please visit

At the conclusion of this seminar, the pharmacist and technician attendee will be able to:

  • Explain how compounders are regulated and enforced by the State Boards of Pharmacy, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
  • List four different regulatory initiatives and two court cases that have defined FDA’s oversight to compounders.
  • State what authority the FDA has when inspecting compounding pharmacies.
  • Define “bulk ingredients” and the difference between “FDA-approved” products.
  • Define “office use” and describe how compounding for office use differs from wholesaling.
  • Describe key components of federal proposed legislation that may change the balance of existing federal and state authorities. 

Chicago, Illinois – July 25, 2013
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Mark Drugs Roselle
384 E. Irving Park, Roselle, IL  60172
Click here to view the event flyer for more details!




Austin, Texas  – August 6, 2013
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Peoples Rx Pharmacy
3801 South Lamar, Austin, TX 78704
Click here to view the event flyer for more details!


 Houston, Texas  – August 8, 2013
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
IACP Corporate Headquarters
4638 Riverstone Blvd, Missouri City, TX 77459
Click here to view the event flyer for more details!


Salt Lake City, Utah – September 26, 2013
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.     Check-in period with pizza & refreshments
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.     Educational Session
9:30 - 10:00 p.m.   Q&A with David Miller and Department of Professional Licensing’s Compounding Task Force: Kavish Choudary , Christopher Cox, Kort Delost , Missy Duke, Trip Hoffman, Christine Jacobsen , Dean Jolley, Adam Jones, Wayne Jones, Dallas Moore, Jim Ruble, Evan Vickers, Angela Whitney, and Victoria Zippi

Roseman University of Health Sciences, P2 Classroom, 1st Floor
10920 S. River Front Parkway, South Jordan, UT 84095
Click here to view the event flyer for more details!

Tulsa, Oklahoma – November 9, 2013
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Tulsa, Diplomat Room, 2nd Floor
100 East 2nd Street, Tulsa, OK 74103
Click Here to View the Event Flyer for More Details!



This meeting will correspond with Freedom’s November CPCSI training and the Freedom Pharmaceuticals 2nd Annual Seminar. More information coming soon.

Would You Like to Sponsor or Host an IACP Regional Education Meeting in Your City?

If you would like IACP to plan a Regional Education Meeting in your city, please email Michelle Greene or call 281.933.8400. For more information on sponsorship, please click here. For more information on hosting, please click here.  

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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