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IACP Member Alert: IACP's Response to CBS News Story re: Pain Meds
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IACP Member Alert


The first of CBS News' multi-part investigation into Tricare's escalating costs for compounded medications, linked with questionable and potentially illegal pain marketing schemes, aired last night. The second part, including interviews with a physician who issued a prescription without examining the patient for whom he prescribed a topical pain cream, is scheduled for tonight (Wednesday, 6 May). The CBS This Morning, included additional information as well.
Please click here to view CBS News', Tuesday, May 5th broadcast, "Free Pain Meds for Veterans Cost Taxpayers Big Bucks."


Please click here to view the CBS This Morning, Wednesday, May 6th broadcast.


IACP Releases Statement


IACP has released a statement directly to CBS News, as well as to the media at large regarding the broadcast and IACP's response.


IACP: "CBS News has exposed a practice that is in many cases both illegal and unethical: providing medication to an individual in the absence of a relationship with that patient and the patient’s physician. Pharmacists are responsible and obligated to work closely with prescribers and the patients they treat to assure that the right medication is being provided to meet that individual’s health care needs. The violation of that sacred relationship by a marketing firm – especially one that engages in questionable telemarketing practices and promises of “free” medications such as the one identified in this story – is reprehensible and cannot be condoned."


Please click here to read the entire IACP statement.


IACP's Advice to Patients


Please click here to read IACP's advice on what to ask your pharmacist and physician whenever receiving a new medication.


What to Do Should you Receive Media Calls

As always when a national news story airs, there is the possibility that you could receive media calls from your local press. If you are contacted, please call IACP's PR firm for assistance.

David Ball, Ball Consulting Group, LLC
Office: 617-243-9950
Mobile: 617-548-7809

The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) is an association representing more than 4,000 pharmacists, technicians, students, and members of the compounding community who focus upon the specialty practice of pharmacy compounding. Compounding pharmacists work directly with prescribers including physicians, nurse practitioners and veterinarians to create customized medication solutions for patients and animals whose healthcare needs cannot be met by manufactured medications. More than 164,000 patients and prescribers also belong to our organization via the grassroots advocacy group, Partnership for Personalized Prescriptions (P3). IACP's mission of Protecting, Promoting and Advancing personalized medication solutions is critical for patient healthcare. Visit to learn more. IACP is continuing to monitor this situation and will provide updates as available. Please email with questions regarding this IACP Member Alert.


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