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October 29, 2012

Meningitis Outbreak Update

The fungal meningitis crisis has left 344 people infected and 25 people dead across 18 states tied to contaminated methylprednisolone acetate steroid injections prepared by New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass.

Two additional drugs produced by NECC are now under investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). One is an ophthalmic drug used during eye surgery while the other is used to paralyze the heart during heart transplant surgery. It has not been confirmed that these two medications are linked to the fungal meningitis outbreak. On October 18, 2012 the FDA advised practitioners follow up with patients that may have received treatment with an injectable medication from NECC shipped after May 21, 2012 and immediately cease use of all NECC products. Click here to view article in its entirety.

IACP Member Hosts Legislative Visit

Congressman Roskam, Pharmacists Dr Mark Mandel, Dr Craig Batogowski and Tom Marks.

Recently, the Honorable Peter Roskam joined IACP Member Mark Mandel, PharmD, of Mark Drugs Roselle in Roselle, Ill. for a legislative visit at his pharmacy. Click here to view article in its entirety.

IACP Files Complaint with The New York Times Ombudsman

Many Members have contacted the IACP staff to complain about a recent The New York Times article. Click here to view article in its entirety.

Have You Received a Letter from KV Pharmaceutical?

Last week, IACP became aware of letters being sent to compounders by attorneys representing KV Pharmaceutical regarding a motion the manufacturer filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Click here to view article in its entirety.

National Pharmacy Technician Day

October 23, 2012 was National Pharmacy Technician Day! IACP recognizes and thanks these important staff members for the vital role they play in providing patients with specialized medications each and every day. In honor of National Pharmacy Technician Day, IACP is offering all pharmacy technicians who currently are not IACP Members a 20 percent discount on IACP membership dues now through October 30, 2012! Please click here to join IACP and enter the promo code techday to obtain an annual dues rate of $60 versus the standard $75 rate.

Have You Been Asked for Your Opinion?

Maybe it’s an e-mail that promises a $20 gift card to an on-line retailer if you complete an on-line survey. Maybe it’s a phone call asking for a short 15-minute interview with a $100 honorarium. Maybe it’s a letter in the mail with a small pencil and a five dollar bill attached to a questionnaire. Regardless of the form in which it comes, they’re all the same – attempts by marketing firms to get confidential information about your business practices for their clients. And those clients are almost always pharmaceutical industry manufacturers. Click here to view article in its entirety.

Media Coverage of Compounding & Meningitis Outbreak

IACP distributed a press release to pharmacy and medical trades as well as daily newspapers, blogs and websites across the country in the top 100 media markets. Click here to view a comprehensive list of media and press release performance.

Below is a compilation of print, radio and television news pieces on pharmacy compounding and the meningitis outbreak crisis.

State to look closer at compounding pharmacies - Columbus Dispatch

Meningitis scare could worsen drug shortage
- FierceHealthcare

US tainted drug deaths are symptom of wider problem
- NewScientist

FDA finds fungus in steroid shots, meningitis toll rises
- Reuters

Fungus Confirmed as FDA Draws Meningitis Link to Pharmacy
- Bloomberg Businessweek

Ind. compounding pharmacies seek to shake stigma
- New England Cable News

Click here to view full list.

USP’s General Chapter <17> Prescription Container Labeling

This final version the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention’s (USP) General Chapter <17> is set for publication in November, but the organization has created a special pre-publication web page to help disseminate the chapter broadly to its many stakeholders.  On the web page you will find background on the chapter, the recent press release, sample labels, a video of the Expert Committee chair responsible for the chapter, and a place where you can download the chapter. The web page also addresses the question of enforcement (last paragraph before Background).

Access the web page at:
Hot Topic: USP–NF General Chapter <17> Prescription Container Labeling | U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention


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