One of the pharmacists who made the trip was Saad Dinno, of Acton Pharmacy in Acton. “This trip gave us a chance to speak directly to members of Congress and voice concerns that directly affect our patients whose health relies upon compounded medicines,” said Saad Dinno. “Some of our profession’s most active pharmacists gathered in our nation’s Capitol to take the voice of compounding to the Hill.”
Acton Pharmacy serves a considerable number of patients in the Acton area. Approximately 10% of its patients take compounded medications prepared specifically for them at the direction of their physician. In addition to talking to Congress about the importance of having access to personalized medicines, IACP members like Saad Dinno also specifically addressed the importance of complete Medicare, Medicaid and other prescription insurance coverage for all compounded preparations.
“Compounding pharmacists came to Washington to talk with Congressmen and Senators about several specific issues that directly affect their patients,” says IACP President Scott Karolchyk, RPh, FIACP. “We are particularly concerned that Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries are denied coverage for all compounds due to a statutory ‘glitch’ that requires our members to only use certain forms of medicines to make the personalized prescriptions that those individuals need. For pharmacists, this is an issue of science and professional judgment. For our patients, it’s an issue of affordability.”
“IACP is continuing to educate patients, prescribers, pharmacists, patient advocacy groups, congressional offices, state pharmacy associations, state pharmacy boards and Medicaid divisions about the vital importance of continued access to compounded medications. These visits to Congress came at a particularly critical time for compounding pharmacies across the country and for the patients whom they serve. Every pharmacist, pharmacist technician and prescriber who joined us on Capitol Hill this year and those patients and prescribers who have called and written their members of Congress were vital to ensuring that our voices continue to be heard,” says IACP Executive Vice President & CEO David G. Miller, RPh.
About Acton Pharmacy
Acton Pharmacy specializes in providing custom compounded prescriptions by working with the doctors to meet the needs of the individual patient. Acton Pharmacy also mails compounded medications through out New England. Acton Pharmacy's pharmacists focus on meeting the special needs of its customers. The ultimate goal of our compounding pharmacists is to prepare a customized medication that will suit the patient and their physicians needs.
The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) is an association representing more than 2,700 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, P2C2 (Patients and Professionals for Customized Care). IACP's mission of protecting, promoting and advancing personalized medication solutions is critical for patient healthcare.