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Capitol Connections October 12, 2012
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October 12, 2012

Meningitis Outbreak Update

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the fungal meningitis crisis has left 14 people dead and 137 others infected in 10 states. The outbreak is linked to tainted methylprednisolone acetate steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Mass. Contaminants were found in an unopened vial during an inspection of NECC. Three lots of single-dose vials (17,676 single vials) of methylprednisolone acetate sent to 76 facilities in 23 states were recalled. Click here to view article in its entirety.

IACP Holds Emergency Town Hall Teleconference

More than 300 IACP members joined the emergency Town Hall Teleconference regarding the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis attributed to potentially contaminated compounded methylprednisolone acetate sterile injection on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. An update on how the investigation is proceeding, how the Academy is responding to inquiries about the compounding officials and answers to member questions were all covered. Click here to login and listen to the live recording.

Legislative/Regulatory Update

IACP Staff Actively Working to Brief Hill Staff on Meningitis Crisis...
This week, IACP Washington, D.C. staff has continued with the Academy’s proactive approach by participating in calls with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heading up visits and attending meetings with key legislators to address the Meningitis outbreak situation. IACP also hosted a Town Hall Teleconference for Hill staff on Thursday, October 11, 2012. The Academy provided background information about traditional compounding pharmacy practice, concerns that IACP members have about failures by regulators to protect the public by taking action against a pharmacy with a history of violations and answers to legislative staff member questions. Click here to login and listen to IACP's Capitol Hill Town Hall Teleconference.

The Meningitis crisis has raised questions of concern among members of Congress on the issue...Click here to view article in its entirety.

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.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News Chief Medical Correspondent, Supports Pharmacy Compounding - TODAY Show

Tainted Steroid Injections And Public Health – The Diane Rehm Show

Contaminated Steroid Injections Spotlight Role of Custom Drug Firms - Voice of America

Meningitis outbreak: What is a Compounding Pharmacy? - CNN

The Mixed Past of Compound Pharmacy- Philadelphia Inquirer

Click here to view full list.

Pharmacy Associations Weigh in on Meningitis Outbreak Situation

Meningitis Outbreak Prompts Confusion about Compounding Pharmacies - National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Blog

As the Toll in the Meningitis Outbreak Rises - Letter to the Editor of New York Times from IACP Executive Vice President and CEO David G. Miller, RPh, and NCPA Executive Vice President and CEO Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA

American Pharmacists Association Statement on Rare Meningitis Outbreak - American Pharmacists Association Press Release

NBC News Chief Medical Correspondent Supports Pharmacy Compounding on TODAY Show

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News Chief Medical Correspondent on NBC's Today Show makes supportive comments about pharmacy compounding and its important role in healthcare. Emphasizes that the pharmacy involved in the fungal meningitis outbreak is an "outlier," and not representative of the pharmacy compounding profession at large. IACP thanks Dr. Snyderman. Click here to view show segment.

Requesting NABP e-Profile ID and Birth Date!

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are now required to submit their NABP e-Profile ID and birth date to receive credit for any ACPE-accredited CPE session. The new electronic system, CPE Monitor, will now track completed CPE credits online for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Please click here to register for your NABP e-Profile ID. You will be asked for your NABP e-Profile ID and birth date when registering for IACP Continuing Education events. Click here to view article in its entirety.

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