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December 2, 2013

HR 3204 Passes the House & Senate, Signed by President Obama

On November 18, 2013, HR 3204, The Drug Quality and Security Act passed both Houses of Congress. After the Senate convened on the 18th, Senator Harry Reid, (D-NV) withdrew the cloture motion on H.R.3204, Drug Quality and Security Act, and the pending motion and amendments. Then the Senate passed H.R.3204 by voice vote. Last Wednesday, President Obama signed the bill into law. Click here for release.

IACP is encouraged by the remarks made on congressional record regarding HR 3204. Senator Tom Coburn, MD (R-OK) wrote:

“Currently, the compounding and dispensing of prescription drugs for in-office administration by a prescriber to their patient is governed by state Boards of Pharmacy and states have determined what is best for their state regarding office-use.  In fact, more than 40 states that have passed laws over the last 15 years related to current practices of using compounded drugs in the office context.

The issue of office-use, indeed all of pharmacy practice regulation, is best left to the States. So, the omission of office-use from 503(a) should not signal to the FDA that it has the authority to encroach upon state authority to regulate office-use.”

Senator John Boozman's (R-AR) remarks for the congressional record on HR 3204, 11.18.13, state that efforts should be made to ensure commonsense compounding, repackaging and office-use administration of compounded drugs. Both Senators Coburn and Boozman's remarks can be read in their entirety in the below noted links.

HR 3204: 

Click here to track the bill.

Click here to view the current HR 3204 pending President Obama's Signature 

Click here to read Sen. John Boozman's remarks for the congressional record 

Click here to read Sen. Coburn's remarks for the congressional record

Click here to view HR 3204: Full Congressional Testimonial and Colloquies (The relevant sections begin on page 36 and continue on to 41.)

Save the Date - December 4th: IACP Town Hall - HR 3204: What Does it Mean Today, What Does it Mean Tomorrow?

IACP Members! Save the Date for a Town Hall, Wednesday, December 4th, 3 pm EST, 2 pm CST, 1 pm MST, 12 pm PST. HR 3204: The Drug Quality and Security Act has passed the House and Senate. What does this mean for you, today? What does this mean for your practice, tomorrow? IACP leadership will walk members through the bill and answer your questions.
A blast fax has been sent to all members with all of the call-information. You also can find this information in the Members-only site. Please email with your blast fax number if you did not receive the Town Hall Fax. Please also email any questions you would like IACP leadership to address during the Town Hall. 

IACP Talks to the Media About the Passage of HR 3204

IACP and its media team spent a considerable amount of time interviewing with the media upon the passage of HR 3204 - continuing to voice our opinion that the provisions of 3204 do not in fact protect the American public.

Click here to view IACP's Official Statement on HR 3204 

We were successful in disseminating this message to several high-profile news outlets. David G. Miller, RPh, IACP CEO, is featured in an ABC News story, "Compounding Pharmacy Bill Might Not Make Drugs Safer." 

Says Miller, "I think the FDA realizes its own failure to act swiftly in the NECC case and that has elevated their scrutiny of compounding pharmacies to the point where [they] cannot -- [they] do not want to be put in the position of being accused of not taking swift action." Click here to read the ABC News story.

Additional stories: Boston Globe; New York Times; Baltimore Sun 

IACP Sends Letter to the Editor at More Magazine

IACP's phones, faxes and emails literally lit up once the October 2013 edition of More Magazine hit the internet. "The Hormone Hoax Thousands Fall For" article got our members' and patients' blood boiling as well it should. One of IACP's primary goals has been to generate proactive media relations. We also believe it’s important to generate Letters to the Editor when we believe a media outlet has just plain got it wrong. Such is the case with More Magazine and its erroneous statements on bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT). Click here to read the More Magazine article.

IACP's David Miller, CEO, says in his letter to the publication, "Your October 2013 article “The Hormone Hoax Thousands Fall For” contains some valuable information about how careful women should be with hormones or anything they put into their bodies. But by raising the specter of the New England Compounding Center tragedy so far out of context, you unfairly denigrate the pharmacists who provide vital medicine to countless women suffering from the debilitating symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. Many parts of the article read like marketing material for the Food and Drug Administration and the commercial drug manufacturing industry." Click here to read the entire letter.

Corporate Partner Spotlight: RxTaxPros


Are you Making Use of the Discrete Tax Deduction? No? You Should Be. 

Did you know that tax deductions are available to compounding pharmacies? We estimate that less than 1% of eligible pharmacies are taking advantage of this discrete tax deduction, which could result in significant tax savings. RX TaxPros is offering to review tax returns on a first come first serve basis, at no cost, to determine whether or not you have taken advantage of the savings. RX TaxPros is the premier tax firm for compounding pharmacies across the U.S., and is a proud IACP Corporate Partner.

IMPORTANT: This is time sensitive as the statute of limitations for taxpayers to receive refunds is three years from the date the return was filed or two years from the date any tax was paid for the tax year in question.

Visit or call 855-877-9807 for more information. 

Advance Registration Discount Ends in Less than a Month! Save $50 if you Register Before December 3, 2013

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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. The Educational Conference offers superior education and networking opportunities for pharmacists, technicians, marketing representatives, and pharmacy students.

Review the complete meeting agenda; learn what's new in 2014; why pharmacy students should attend, and much more! Click here to download the 2014 Educational Conference e-brochure, sponsored by ACA & IACP Corporate Partner Humco Compounding. The Flipbook technology for the e-brochure was generously provided by RXinsider. For all the latest meeting details, visit

Recently, the Educational Conference held a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card, if you registered to attend the conference. We have drawn, and the lucky winner is ACA & IACP Member Eyad Alsabbagh, PharmD, Biomed Specialty Pharmacy (West Chester, OH). We look forward to seeing you in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Science and Practice Poster Presentation Showcase

IACP & ACA Fellow Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, of Reed’s Compounding Pharmacy, Ariz., urges you to consider presenting a Science and Practice Poster Presentation at the Educational Conference February 5-8 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla:

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase studies or quality improvement projects you have performed in your pharmacy. The poster I previously presented was a project I worked on with students at the University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy. Working with pharmacy students is an excellent way to perform studies in your pharmacy and engage pharmacy students in relevant information that directly impacts their future profession.”

The deadline for submission of abstracts is December 3, 2013. To download the Poster Presentation Application and Scholarship Application, visit

Advance discount deadline ends on or before December 3, 2013. For the latest conference news, visit 

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

Thank you to Our Exhibitors and Meeting Sponsors!

We would like to thank the following exhibitors for their commitment to the Educational Conference: Analytical Research Laboratories (ARL); Associates of Cape Cod, Inc; Attix Pharmaceuticals; Charles River; Compounding Matters Academy; Digi-Trax Corporation; EXAKT Technologies, Inc; Fagron; Freedom Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Hardy Diagnostics; Humco Compounding; ICA Health, LLC; International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding (IJPC); International Medical Industries, Inc; KUNESA LLC; Letco Medical; Live Oak Bank; MEDISCA; Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB); PCCA; RX TaxPros; Storey Marketing; Tacit Almonds, LLC; Televox; Topi-Click Topical Dosing Applicator.

We would like to thank the following meeting sponsors for their support of the Educational Conference: Attix Pharmaceuticals (Meeting Syllabus Sponsor); B&B Pharmaceuticals, Inc (Name Badge Holder, Education Session Sponsor); Blesstia Pharmaceutical (Saturday Continental Breakfast with Exhibitor Experience Sponsor); Fagron (Welcome Reception, Education Session Sponsor); Feras Capital, LLC (Thursday Continental Breakfast with Exhibitor Experience); Freedom Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Meeting Tote Bag, Conference Pen, Education Session Sponsor); Humco Compounding (Meeting e-Brochure, Fellowship Luncheon, Education Session Sponsor); Letco Medical (Celebration Dessert Reception, ACA/ACVP & IACP AdvanCE Education Sponsor); MEDISCA (Meeting T-Shirt Sponsor); PCCA (Hotel Room Key, Thursday Mid-Day Break with Exhibitor Experience, Education Session Sponsor); Tacit Almonds, LLC (Media Sponsor); Take Charge Pharmacist Obesity Education System (First Timer Program); Topi-Click Topical Dosing Applicator (Friday Lunch with Exhibitor Experience Sponsor).

We would like to thank the following individual and pharmacy meeting sponsors for their support of the Educational Conference:  Bronze Sponsor:  Robert Anniharico, RPh, The Compounding Facility (Staten Island, NY); Charles Leiter, PharmD, Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy (San Jose, CA); Contributor Sponsor:  Johannes Heine, MBA, KUNESA LLC (Coral Gables, FL); Arthur Margolis, RPh, America’s Compounding Center (Newton, MA); Linda McElhiney, PharmD, RPh, FIACP,FACA, FASHP, Indiana University Health (Indianapolis, IN).  

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

Join IACP as we Celebrate 20 Years of Compounders on Capitol Hill!

The 20th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill (CCH) will be held May 17-20, 2014 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. With an expected 400 total attendees in 2014, CCH brings together the top-level compounding pharmacists and technicians from across the country with the same goal – to protect pharmacy compounding. Don’t miss the only pharmacy compounding event that takes our issues directly to Washington, D.C.’s doorstep.

Here's Five Reasons Why You Should Attend CCH 2014!

  • Hear from experts during in-depth Continuing Education sessions on legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal level affecting pharmacy compounding.
  • A bargain hotel group rate at $159 – that’s half the price from previous years!
  • Join us on the Hill! Be an advocate for compounding during in-person Capitol Hill meetings with your state representatives.
  • Socialize and support the IACP Foundation during compounding pharmacy’s biggest party of the year – 10th Annual Rx Mixer Presents The Roaring Twenties: The Compounding Age on Sunday, May 18, 2014. To learn more about the Rx Mixer, click here.
  • Network! Reconnect with old friends and meet new colleagues who share your passion and interest in protecting, promoting and advancing pharmacy compounding!  

Start planning now! Reserve your hotel room on or before Monday, April 21, 2014 to receive the IACP group rate. To learn more about CCH, visit 


20th Annual Compounders on Capitol Hill
May 17-20, 2014
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, Virginia 

IACP Regional Education Meeting Headed to Scottsdale, Arizona!

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.  We hope you’ll join us for an evening of compounding pharmacy law education, Q&A, and networking with your local compounders! For more information, please visit

Listen to David G. Miller, RPh, IACP’s Executive Vice President & CEO 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. Attendees will receive 2.0 contact hours (.20 CEUs) of ACPE-approved LIVE LAW continuing education credit. 

Scottsdale, Arizona – March 21, 2014
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
FireSky Resort & Spa, Sun and Moon Meeting Rooms
4925 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Click Here to View the Event Flyer for More Details!

Joint Registration with the 2014 Functional Medicine Conference: This meeting is held in conjunction with the 2014 Functional Medicine Conference presented by ZRT Lab and Storey Marketing, to be held March 21-23, 2014 at the FireSky Resort & Spa in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ. A discounted package rate with Friday’s Marketing Update and/or the 2014 Functional Medicine Conference is available. Please visit for more information and to register for the discounted package rates.

Registration for the IACP Regional Education Meeting in Scottsdale Only: $20 for IACP Members, $40 for Non-Members, and Free for Pharmacy Students


This program is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant-in-aid from Storey Marketing.

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 Atkinson or call 281.933.8400. For more information on sponsorship, please click here. For more information on hosting, please click here.

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