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Looking for ways to save $$ on credit card processing?

Published July 7, 2022

For the past several months, APC has been working with a national consulting firm, CMSPI, to assess the viability of creating a group purchasing arrangement for our Pharmacy/Facility Members on credit card processing fees.

To cut to the chase: We think there’s potential to save you as much as 75% on credit card fees, and we’re hosting a FREE VIRTUAL BRIEFING on July 21 to tell you about it.

But we need to make sure you’re interested and potentially willing to commit to such a deal, which could save your pharmacy or facility well more than what you’d pay APC in PFM dues.

Our 30-minute briefing call is set for Thursday, July 21 at 2:00pm ET. It’s free to attend, but you need to register here: a4pc.org/creditcardfees.

Let’s play hardball in DC this September

Published July 7, 2022

Attendee registration is now open for APC’s annual DC fly-in, Compounders on Capitol Hill. This is your once-a-year opportunity to lobby lawmakers on their turf—and to make a big difference for our profession!

Register today and take advantage of our early-bird pricing $495 through July 31 ($549 August 1 and after).

Each paid registration also includes one ticket (+ $35 concession credit) to the Pharmacy Compounding Foundation Fundraiser: A Night at the Ballpark, generously sponsored by PCCA, Medisca, and Fagron.

Click here for complete details and to register at the early bird rate.

PFMs are winning at APC membership

Published July 7, 2022

For small and large 503A and 503B pharmacies and outsourcing facilities, APC offers a pharmacy/facility membership (PFM) as an alternative to purchasing several individual memberships.

Every registered employee of a pharmacy/facility member receives APC’s individual member benefits: continuing education opportunities, access to APC’s information services, professional development events, discounts on services, and more. In addition, PFMs get access to several exclusive benefits.

We’re pleased to welcome our newest PFM members to the fold, bringing the total to 47 pharmacies and facilities that have joined APC as PFMs since March:

  • Acacia Apothecary and Wellness; Tuscon, AZ
  • Infuserve America; St. Petersburg, FL
  • O’Brien Pharmacy; Mission, KS
  • Portage Pharmacy; Portage, MI
  • Revive Rx; Houston, TX
  • Wedgewood Pharmacy; Swedesboro, NJ

If you’re not already a PFM and would like to change that, please click here for details or you can contact APC’s Jason Dunn at jason@a4pc.org or 918.770.6333. 

No lie: We think we can save you anywhere from 45% to 75% in credit card fees

Published June 6, 2022

For the past several months, APC has been working with a national consulting firm, CMSPI, to assess the viability of creating a group purchasing arrangement for our Pharmacy/Facility Members on credit card processing fees.

APC is delighted to report now that the prospects for that deal look really good, and the headline above is no exaggeration: We think there’s potential to save you as much as 75%, and we’re hosting a FREE VIRTUAL BRIEFING on July 21 to tell you about it.

Here’s the gist (we’ll tell you more on the July 21 briefing call):

Overview
Based on the data APC members provided on average volumes, values, and cost of acceptance, CMSPI was able to estimate the cost of card processing for the average APC member. Using the invoices provided and APC estimates for membership breakdown, we estimate the average APC member pays about $0.28 per transaction for processing (please note that this excludes interchange and network fees, which typically cannot be collectively negotiated).

Analysis
Modeling levels of savings by number of APC members, we estimate that through a group deal with APC, members could achieve processor margins as low as $0.07-0.15 per transaction. This is based on CMSPI benchmarks for similarly sized merchants.

CMSPI Graphic

Credit card savings model (potential) for APC members.

Next Steps
We need to make sure you’re interested and potentially willing to commit to such a deal, which could save your pharmacy or facility well more than what you’d pay APC in PFM dues. That’s one reason for the July 21 briefing call.

At the same time, CMSPI is working with dispensing software providers and payment processors to ensure minimal to no disruption for APC members looking to engage on the group deal.

Briefing Call
Our 30-minute briefing call is set for Thursday, July 21 at 2:00pm ET. It’s free to attend, but you need to register here: a4pc.org/cardfees.

We think we can save you some big money and enhance the value of your membership in APC, but we need to hear from you and take your pulse on this deal. Hope you’ll join us for the briefing.

APC, sister groups present to FDA

Published June 6, 2022

APC, APhA, NCPA, and PCCA were singing from the same sheet of music last week in FDA’s annual Pharmacy Compounding Listening Session.

In prepared remarks, each organization’s representatives were largely unified in the concerns they raised, from the final GFI on animal compounding to ambiguity in FDA’s insanitary conditions guidance to the implicit threat that FDA will restrict compounded hormone therapy.

Other issues raised with FDA were:

• The agency’s slowness to close 483 files after mitigation is completed.

• Next steps on the MOU regarding interstate shipping of compounded drugs.

• The desire to work with FDA in creating a coherent, state-based adverse events reporting framework for compounded medications.

• Problems with the PCAC process.

• The need for a pathway for 503As to compound shortage drugs for hospitals and clinics.

“We think there is common ground to be found in dealing with a range of pharmacy compounding issues,” APC’s Scott Brunner said in APC’s comments. “That common ground can help FDA achieve its policy objective of keeping patients safe, while also preserving patient access to essential compounded medications. And it’s a much better alternative than ongoing head-butting, overreach, and litigation.”

Most of the presenters—including those for APhA, NCPA, and PCCA—were APC members, including Natalie Young, Steve Hoffart, Cheri Garvin, Amy Shank, and AJ Day.

MOU Op Ed: FDA is in a hole. It should stop digging.

Published June 6, 2022

An opinion piece by APC’s Scott Brunner, published this week in Pharmacy Times, argues that the FDA ought to abandon the MOU on interstate shipments of compounded medications “because the specific problem the MOU was conceived in 1997 to address no longer exists.” Instead, Brunner writes,

“…The FDA should join with the compounding profession to change the law. Eliminate that out-of-date MOU requirement—an MOU that several states have already said they can’t sign (because of state law) or won’t sign (because of the administrative burden). In its place create a statutory regime for reporting shipping info to state boards of pharmacy, to be shared with FDA.”

Read the full op ed here.

Share Williamsburg Drug’s “Save cBHT” card with your patients

Published June 6, 2022

Our friends (and APC PFM) at T.W. Taylor’s Williamsburg Drug Co. in Williamsburg, Va., have produced a nifty patient-facing card about the threat to compounded hormones—and they’re allowing us to share it with you.

You can download the card here. Print it on card stock, place it on your counter and use it as a bag stuffer to help educate your patients on how they can help assure their continued access to cBHT.

Meet two APC members running for state legislature

Published June 6, 2022

We can never have too many APC members in elected office. Here are two who are seeking their first terms in their states’ elections:

  • Phillip Rigsby is running for election to the Alabama House of Representatives, representing District 25. He won his primary election and is on the ballot in the general election on November 8, 2022. Learn more about Phillip here—and how you can help provide him the support he needs to win.
  • David Rochefort recently announced his candidacy for New Hampshire State Representative for District 1, a newly created 3-seat district. We’ll share a link to his campaign page when it’s up and running.

TUI Total Solutions brings office equipment discounts to APC members

Published June 6, 2022

We hear all the time how expensive it is to lease office equipment, plus the cost of toner cartridges and per copy fees. It adds up quickly.

APC has a solution for your weary pocketbooks: TUI Total Solutions, an affinity service provider that offers exceptional office equipment servicing and pricing, exclusively for our Pharmacy/Facility Members (PFMs).

TUI Total Solutions, a Xerox™ Platinum Authorized Dealer, provides solid expertise on the Xerox® products and solutions that will help their clients print, scan and manage documents with ease—even the heavy duty needs of a busy compounding pharmacy.

PFMs will receive a dedicated email next week with more details on their TUI Total Solutions benefits. It’s just one of a bunch of great benefits only available to our Pharmacy/Facility Members.

Not a PFM yet? Click here to learn more or you can contact APC’s Jason Dunn at jason@a4pc.org or 918.770.6333.

June 30: A virtual gathering for technicians

Published June 6, 2022

APC’s pharm tech members are invited to attend a virtual Town Hall on Thursday, June 30. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about how to best leverage your APC membership benefits to meet your professional goals.

So, please, bring your favorite summer drink and take part in a collaborative conversation on how APC is working to engage you, our pharmacy technician members. The event is free; however, registration is required.

Here are the event details:

Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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