APC joins on amicus brief

A group of five organizations, led by APC, this week filed a “friend-of-the-court” brief in support of litigation challenging FDA’s MOU with states. That litigation was filed in federal court in October 2020 by seven compounding pharmacies, alleging the final MOU is flawed both substantively and procedurally.

Joining APC on this week’s amicus filing are Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Professional Compounding Centers of America, National Community Pharmacists Association, Nutrishare, and Medisca USA.

Read the entire brief here (PDF).

The amicus was filed on APC’s behalf by Karla L. Palmer of Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C. Funding for the amicus filing comes in part from APC’s Legal Action Fund, which is supported by APC member contributions.

They downloaded the Code — have you?

Have you downloaded the new APC Compounder’s Code of Ethics? Central Compounding in Durham, NC, and Stanley Compounding in Charlotte, NC, did, and they’re displaying it proudly. You can, too. Download the code at A4PC.org/downloadthecode.

And don’t forget you can also watch and share Jon Pritchett’s powerful video, “The APC Code of Ethics: Ensuring Your Reputation and Legal Standing” on APC’s updated Code of Ethics page.

If you ship out of state: Read this — and respond!

This is a bit lengthy, but if your compounding pharmacy ships out of state, please pay attention.

In recent weeks we’ve heard that many state boards of pharmacy have heard very little from compounding pharmacies in their state about FDA’s MOU and its implications for patients and compounders.

We’ve also heard that some compounders mistakenly believe the MOU does not affect them because they don’t ship more than 50% of compounded preparations out of state.

The first is a real concern. The second is just flat wrong. That’s why we’re issuing this CALL TO ACTION: to correct misunderstandings and to urge you to reach out to your state board of pharmacy to let them know how your state’s action (or inaction) on the MOU will affect patient access to compounded medications and your business.

A quick tutorial

So are states damned if they do and damned if they don’t? Candidly, yes. But the implications for patient access and your compounding pharmacy are what matter most to us.

Here’s what we’re asking

There may soon come a time soon when we’ll be asking you to URGE your state board of pharmacy to find a way to sign the MOU, despite its flaws. Why? Because that 5% cap that will be imposed if the state doesn’t sign will be catastrophic.

BUT … We’re not at that point yet, and we think your input to your board of pharmacy can be helpful in encouraging them to reach out NOW to FDA and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy with their concerns about signing the MOU. Our sense is that some state boards of pharmacy that don’t have compounders as board members are not aware of the implications of the MOU in their state. They need to understand the concerns and express these concerns to FDA and NABP.

SO … PLEASE — CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LETTER. (It’s a Word document.) Customize it carefully and send it to your state board of pharmacy ASAP.

The letter

  1. Tells your board a bit about your compounding pharmacy.
  2. Outlines the implications of the 5% cap on your pharmacy if your state doesn’t sign the MOU.
  3. Encourages your state board to consult with compounders as it determines what it will do on the MOU.
  4. Urges your state board to write ASAP to FDA and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to express their concerns about signing the MOU.

Also, here’s a list of state boards of pharmacy and their addresses — physical and email — so you’ll know where to send the letter.

Thank you for reaching out to your state board of pharmacy on this urgent matter.

A big town hall for APC’s District II

If you’re a compounder in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic (Maine to DC) — even if you’re not an APC member — please join us for a virtual town hall on compounding issues: Wednesday, March 10 from 4:00-5:00pm EST.

This APC District II meeting is free and open to all compounding professionals — no registration required. It’s a perfect chance to hear about the issues facing compounding, and to meet and connect with other folks in your neck of the woods.

On March 10, just go to https://a4pc.org/310townhall to attend, or call in to (312) 626-6799.

Meeting ID: 818 1287 3996
Passcode: 812010
Or just click here on your mobile: +13126266799,,81812873996#,,,,*812010#

WHAT’LL BE COVERED:

In short, what happened in 2020 and what’s planned for 2021.

In long, here are the issues we’ll be talking about:

And of course there will be plenty of time for Q&A.

Don’t miss out — it’s free, interesting, informative, and you can attend from your favorite hotspot.

APC Owner Summit hotel is selling out!

Business moves pretty fast.

When you own a compounding operation, challenges rarely let up. Business doesn’t rest. Change happens on a dime.

The good news: As fast as business moves, at APC’s upcoming Owner Summit, solutions do, too. Solutions like….

The summit is all that and more: a two-day, 100 percent business-focused live meeting at the Westin on Georgia’s Jekyll Island. It’s strictly for owners and managers like you.

Get registered and join your peers for two days of learning and sharing. It’s the best thing you can do for your business.

Tap the button for complete program, registration, and hotel information:

PLEASE NOTE: You must make your reservation at the Westin by February 26 to be guaranteed the special APC hotel rate. (In fact, Wednesday night March 24 is already sold out.)

NOTE: In the interest of safety, and at the request of our presenters, masks will be required in Owner Summit sessions and events.

Owner Summit: It’s not personal. It’s business.

As a compounding pharmacy owner or manager, you wear at least two hats.

Sure, you’re a healthcare provider, and you take seriously your responsibilities to your patients. But you’re also a businessperson, and your ability to care for those patients relies in no small part on navigating marketplace challenges: seizing opportunities, reducing risks, ensuring efficiencies. Success, in other words, depends on how well you run your business.

That’s why APC is hosting its first-ever Compounding Pharmacy Owner Summit, live and in-person, March 25–27 at the Westin at Jekyll Island, Georgia.

It’s where owners and managers like you can discover business ideas, solutions, and new opportunities that can boost your businesses.

From “The Best Decision I Made All Year: Ideas from Fellow Owners” to “Maximizing Your Sales Team’s Effectiveness” to “Office Systems That Work” and more, we’re willing to bet you’ll come home with an idea or two that will more than pay for the cost of attending.

Tap the big green button below for complete program, registration, and hotel information.

And hurry: Special APC hotel rates at the Westin are only guaranteed for reservations made by February 26. (Wednesday night March 24 is already sold out, so plan to arrive on the 25th.)

You need to see this ethics video (and so does your team)

If you attended EduCon 2021, you probably saw Jon Pritchett’s session, “The APC Code of Ethics: Ensuring Your Reputation and Legal Standing.” It’s a powerful video (and a great training tool) with an important message — important enough that we’ve made it free for everyone to watch and share on APC’s updated Code of Ethics page.

Yes, updated. The page (A4PC.org/code) now includes not only the Code itself, but Jon’s video, a high-res printable version of the Code, and the latest Pharmacy Compounder Leader newsletter.

NOTE: You can’t get CE credit for Jon’s presentation unless you attend EduCon. And yes, you still can attend! Every session, including all the CE credit, is available until April 4. Visit A4PC.org/educon2021 to see how.

APC’s cBHT Media Campaign Briefing is February 25

Please join APC on February 25 for an important Town Hall briefing: an update on our multi-pronged, multi-year media campaign to save cBHT and protect the lives of millions of Americans who rely on it.

The campaign launches next month! We’ve raised more than $556,000 toward our goal of $1.5 million, and we’ve started production on print ads, video presentations, websites, and more.

Get a sneak peek at ad designs, the new website, and our plans for the next six months — plus an update on the production and fundraising.

The Town Hall is February 25, from 3:00–4:00pm EST, via Zoom. It’s free and open to all, but you need to register: A4PC.org/225townhall.

(Once you register, check your email and be sure to click the link to add it to your calendar.)

The mice can roar

On February 5, the Washington Post ran an op-ed, “Small pharmacies beat big chains at delivering vaccines. Don’t look so shocked” that pointed out how independent pharmacies were able to deliver the Covid-19 vaccine more effectively than chains. In fact…

Independent pharmacies achieve superior results not despite being small, but because they are small. It’s their local ownership that makes the difference. […] Lacking top-heavy bureaucracy and rich with local knowledge and relationships, independent pharmacies possess what you might call economies of small scale.

Still, author Stacy Mitchell points out, U.S. business law is aimed at the “ideology of bigness” that it believes — incorrectly — to be more efficient.

Mitchell works for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, where her focus is “level[ing] the playing field for independent businesses.” And in that vein, ILSR is offering a free webinar with Congressman David Cicilline, “Reining in Monopoly Power: Small Businesses & the Push to Strengthen Antitrust Laws.

Policymakers are beginning to understand that bigger ain’t always better, and you can help keep that message strong. The webinar is February 22 from 1:00-2:15pm EST. Plan to attend!

What’s the SBA done for you?

Have you taken advantage of any programs from the Small Business Administration?

You can help an ILSR researcher by taking a quick, eight-question survey about your SBA experience. Just click here; it should only take a few minutes. (But please complete it by February 19.)

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