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We know you’re not always able to take a continuing education course at a specific time and date. That’s why APC also offers our live courses on-demand. Although you can’t ask questions in real time, you get the same CE credit, and you can take the class anytime, anywhere, and review the video as often as you like.

On-demand versions of our live courses usually become available about a week after the live presentation.

USP <797> Best Practices – It’s Not Just SOPs (Part 1): From Personnel to Facilities, Equipment, Cleaning, and Processes

Speaker: Amy Summers, PharmD

In a survey of best practices in over 600 compounders, only little more than half indicated to define and always follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) during sterile compounding processes (ISMP, 2020). While SOPs are crucial to ensuring best practices in sterile compounding, they are often times not regularly reviewed and updated to reflect areas experiencing significant change or new regulations to remain compliant with USP Chapter <797>.

This activity aims to highlight key areas of sterile compounding practices that are important to recognize as best practices to implement in your SOPs in order to remain compliant with USP <797>. In Part 1 of this 2-Part series, Amy Summers, PharmD, BCSCP, highlights best practices in your personnel, facilities, equipment, cleaning, and processes for sterile compounding.

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Business Valuations – Myths, Methodologies and Planning Ahead

Speaker: Mike Tarrant, CFP®, CEPA

Knowing your compounding pharmacy’s true worth is often times overlooked due to the primary focus of ensuring optimal patient care and ongoing management of your business. The perceived barriers to business valuations can also deter pharmacy owners, leaving them at risk of undervaluing their business when planning ahead (i.e. selling, retirement) or neglecting to make ongoing improvements that could further increase business value in the future.

Join financial planner Michael Tarrant, CFP, CEPA, as he explores and aims to shed more light on the importance of knowing the value of your business early on, demystifying the complexities of business valuation, and how to perform a valuation to efficiently and accurately know the worth of your compounding pharmacy business so that you can make informed financial decisions.

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Leveraging Technicians to Improve Pharmacy Operations

Speaker: Kristen Jones, PharmD

Maximizing the potential of your pharmacy technicians can help improve operations, from consistent compliance checks, to designated person duties, to overall operations. Providing additional duties and career advancement opportunities can also help with retention and burnout prevention. However, how can you implement their advancement into the practice and properly insure with these additional duties?

This activity explores the advanced roles and responsibilities of pharmacy technicians, and further highlights the state requirements, risk management ideas for implementation, and recognizing the importance of liability insurance reflective of the advanced roles.

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Trends in Veterinary Pharmacy: What Compounders Need to Know

Speaker: Natalie Young, PharmD, FACVP

In this session will review some common compound prescriptions encountered for non-human patients and how to practice evidence-based medicine during formulation selection for these unique patients. We will also review the latest regulatory updates and even add some new ideas to your compounding toolbox!

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IV Nutrition in Compounding

Speaker: Casey Greene, PharmD, IFMCP

Compounders today often struggle with understanding the complexities of IV nutrition. Where to start? What nutrients do what? Are they effective? Are they safe? Are they compatible? What to mix them in? How should they be given? Then there’s no shortage of regulatory issues to worry about.

In this activity we’ll cover all those questions and more, from the basics of IV nutrition in compounding to more advanced topics that most have never heard of. You should walk away with a good basic understanding of where to start.

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Compounding for Women’s Health Conditions

Speaker: Tara Thompson, PharmD

Oftentimes, commercially available products not designed for vaginal use are prescribed for this intention. However, the vaginal mucosa and surrounding vulvovestibular area is a sensitive and delicate region requiring specialized preparations designed for vaginal use. Inert ingredients, preservatives, bases used, and pH must all be taken into account with medications that are prescribed for vaginal application. Therefore, identifying what is appropriate for vaginal use, especially when it comes to nonsterile compounding, is needed among compounding pharmacists.

This webinar will explore vaginal anatomy, the need for vaginal preparations, and specific parameters to take into consideration when designing vaginal drug preparations.

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Making the Case for Advanced Pharmacy Technicians

Speaker: Liza Chapman PharmD, FAPhA

Challenges with recent shifts in the role of pharmacists from foundational pharmaceutical care to clinical, and direct patient care roles in both inpatient and community pharmacy settings have led to an advancing function of the pharmacy technician.

This activity aims to set the case on the roles of the advanced pharmacy technicians. It will describe the role of conventional pharmacy technicians and how it is impacted by the regulatory landscape. Through evidence-based research, the activity will illustrate how pharmacies and the healthcare system benefit from advanced pharmacy technician roles, such as in compounding. Practice settings for advanced pharmacy technicians will also be identified.

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Compounding Health – As an “Adjunct to Diet and Exercise”

Speaker: Kathy Campbell, PharmD

Over 50% of the US population lives with a chronic health condition and 70% are overweight or obese. Modern pharmaceutical therapies used to treat these conditions are only approved for use and deemed effective as an “adjunct to diet and exercise.” While these lifestyle strategies are critical for optimizing foundational metabolic function and achieving sustainable therapeutic outcomes, who is helping the patient personalize and implement these critical lifestyle components?

The compounding pharmacist is trained to create personalized therapeutic solutions and is uniquely situated to assist patients with these challenging pieces of the health puzzle. This webinar will address the role pharmacists play in optimizing metabolic function, the critical components of a pharmacist-led lifestyle program, and the opportunities these strategies have for your pharmacy business and patients.

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The Cost of Non-Compliance: DUR and Regimen Review

Speaker: L. Rad Dillon, RPh

Non-compliance of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA-90) can come at a cost to the compounding pharmacist. The OBRA-90 was largely created to reduce the US budget deficit by improving therapeutic outcomes. However, the means by which these savings were realized has ultimately impacted healthcare, notably the pharmacist through prospective drug utilization review (DUR) requirements, patient counseling responsibilities, and record-keeping duties.

This webinar aims to facilitate compounding pharmacists in remaining compliant with OBRA-90 pharmacist obligations by navigating the elements and requirements of the DUR (prospective, concurrent, retrospective), patient counseling (including medication guides), and correct and effective document recording.

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Planning, Saving, Investing, and Retiring Strong

Speaker: Mike Tarrant, CFP®

Building up funds in advance and over time is a precautionary and necessary action to prepare for the unexpected and expected. However, given the plethora of responsibilities placed upon compounding pharmacists, financial planning continues to be a challenge. Moreover, for many pharmacists, effective financial planning for retirement remains a barrier, given that help from their employers for saving toward retirement is not an option, especially for those who own and run their own independent pharmacies.

This webinar focuses on saving and beginning investing for your future, for retirement, for come what may, and why starting early makes a big difference.

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Survey of State Compounding Law Changes – 2022 and Proposed 2023

Speaker: David A. Kosar, Esq.

Federal policy affects your compounding practice; however, not nearly as much as state laws and regulations do. Pharmacy standards and requirements are guided by regulations and laws in every state, with every jurisdiction also playing a role, including expiration dates for products, requirements for secure storage, recordkeeping, and more.

Compounding laws and regulations in states across the US saw the adoption of some significant changes during 2022—so, what does 2023 hold?

This activity aims to re-cap 2022 adopted changes in compounding laws and regulations across the US and highlight proposed changes currently in the 2023 sessions.

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Pharmacy Finance 101: A Guide to Key Financial Elements to Facilitate the Success of Your Pharmacy

Speaker: Scotty W. Sykes, CPA, CGMA

Pharmacy practice has evolved into a dual role of a provider of healthcare as well as a business to ensure longevity for continual patient care while maintaining profitable outcomes. Understanding your financial information is, therefore, a key fundamental pillar of a successful pharmacy.

This webinar will discuss the key aspects of pharmacy accounting, financial statements, and key performance indicators that you need to know to maximize your bottom line and understand your pharmacy. This webinar will also touch on key tax strategies that you need to consider to help minimize your tax liability and improve your cash flow.

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How to Use Medical Literature to Identify and Support Compounded Therapies

Speaker: Nat Jones, RPh, FAPC

In a world of one-offs how do you develop a compounded treatment formula? It is essential to start with knowledge of the disease state, understanding the biology & pathophysiology involved and what are the pharmacologic therapeutic targets or goals.

The best place to obtain the most current knowledge on these topics is medical literature in both journal and text publications. The internet has brought the explosion of world’s scientific literature to our fingertips, but how do you decide what is fact from fiction or just bad science?

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Research and Development Tax Credit

Speakers: Heather Fisher, Business Development Manager, Software & Pharmaceuticals and Dawson Fercho, Partner and VP of Business Development, CTA, Inc.

Does your compounding pharmacy qualify for tax credits? What tax incentives can be applied to your pharmacy? These questions if overlooked or not fully investigated, may hinder pharmacies taking full advantage of tax credits/incentives.

While Research & Development (R&D) incentive programs exist for compounding pharmacies, many pharmacies are not familiar with the extent to which they can benefit from R&D incentives. Recent laws surrounding the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) may also provide further tax incentive opportunities.

This webinar explores tax incentives for the compounding pharmacy, with a focus on the R&D tax credit and ERC and real-life case studies as examples. Whether you are a well-established pharmacy or just starting up, this activity is a must-see to help guide you to reduce your taxes, save, and grow.

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Can You Compound That? A Quiz Show

Tenille Davis, PharmD, RPh, BCSCP, FACP

In addition to ensuring whether the compounded prescription is appropriate for the particular patient, determining whether the preparation itself can be compounded is part of the daily decision-making process faced by compounding pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Set in a game show style format, this fun and interactive webinar aims to enhance your knowledge on which active ingredients can (and can’t) be compounded, as well as guidance on general recommendations on facilitating decisions on whether to compound a preparation.

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Keeping it Legit: Best Authentication Practices for Compounders, PART II – WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTORS

Denise Frank, RPh, FACA, FAPC

This activity aims to uncover how pharmacists can identify the potential sale of counterfeit, stolen, contaminated, or harmful drug products from wholesale distributors, and what do in these situations.

The program will explore the regulations set forth by the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) that protects drug product integrity and security; risky situations; diversion of products outside the supply chain (i.e., can you sell products to a wholesaler?); counterfeits/adulteration/misbranding; maintaining product integrity; how to authenticate suppliers (initial and ongoing); red flags, and more.

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Keeping it Legit: Best Authentication Practices for Compounders, PART I – PROVIDERS AND PRESCRIPTIONS

Kathy A. Salinas, PharmD

This program aims to describe optimal approaches to validating legitimate prescriptions by exploring interactions with the prescriber such as verifying a valid doctor–patient relationship, prescriptions that are within their scope of practice, treatments that are individualized, among others. This activity will also explore controlled substance prescriptions, with a focus on a “Red Flags” Checklist for pharmacies to facilitate professional judgment on the legitimacy of such a prescription.


Hazardous Drug Decontamination – Understanding its Purpose and Validating Best Practices

Abby Roth

This activity aims to clarify the purpose of decontamination of non-sterile and sterile preparations by exploring the differences between deactivation, decontamination, cleaning, and disinfection, as well as discussing appropriate agents for the decontamination of HD on surfaces. Under a practice setting, the program will also explore the importance of verifying processes and agents for decontaminating, while discussing procedures for validating effective HD decontamination.

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20 Questions: Selecting the Right Compounding Software for Your Practice

Alexander Pytlarz, PharmD

This program will explore the different facets of compounding pharmacy management (e.g., inventory management, compliance, master formulations) through a series of 20 compounding management-specific questions that will help facilitate the decision-making process when you are selecting the best compounding software for your practice.

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503A Compounding for Shortages

Shawn Hodges, PharmD; Kathleen Kane, PharmD, BCSCP, DPLA; Karla Palmer, Esq.

This program will focus on recent involvement with Federal, State, County, and 503B stakeholders, as well as with drug shortage lists and the impact of the FDA’s temporary guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic to illustrate the extent to which 503A pharmacies can help patients receive the medications they need.

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Compounded Thyroid: How to Start the Conversation With Your Provider

Michelle Moser, RPh

Commercial thyroid products simply don’t work for every patient. Whether it’s dosage limits, allergies, or other issues, you’re going to have to explain to prescribers why compounded thyroid is often the best option for a patient.

Learn to educate them (and your patients), and pick up some important best practices for working with thyroid options.

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BUDs & Stability Studies Under the Proposed New USP Chapters

Mindy Cormier, PharmD, R.Ph.

Beyond-use dates have become a hot topic for compounding pharmacists. This session will review the discussion surrounding non-sterile and sterile beyond-use date appeals, and the importance of beyond-use dating for facilitating workflow efficiencies and patient access to personalized medicine. New requirements for default and extended beyond-use dating according to proposed USP <795> and <797> will be included, as well as what to look for in a stability-indicating study. Attendees will learn how to apply professional judgment in extrapolating stability data for extending beyond-use date.

CPE was originally part of EduCon 2022.

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USP: Minor Chapters, Major Impacts

Brian Kelley

In this session, our speaker will outline regulatory considerations for USP Chapters and FDA guidelines, and explain USP <61> and USP <62> tests and how they determine if non-sterile products meet quality requirements. The significance of USP <51> preservative-effectiveness testing in compounding, the importance of a container closure system for a drug product, and the test requirements for compounded preparations in USP <1163> will be detailed as well.

CPE was originally part of EduCon 2022.

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The Biopharmaceutical Classification System: What You Should Know

Vanessa Pinheiro, Pharmacist Consultant

This session will look at the classes of the Biopharmaceutical Classification System (BCS) and the importance of drug dissolution for absorption after oral administration of solid dosage forms. Excipients that could impact the dissolution of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), considerations for formulation development when compounding from an API or an existing drug product, and literature related to the BCS and compounding pharmacy will be included.

CPE was originally part of EduCon 2022.

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USP <797> BUDs: An Update

Connie Sullivan

USP Chapters have recently undergone several changes, including standards for beyond-use dates. Our speaker will review USP’s process for standard creation, summarize the revisions proposed for USP <797> and discuss the next steps for the chapters. Attendees will learn where to find the proposed revisions to the chapters and the supplementary materials.

CPE was originally part of EduCon 2022.

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USP <795> BUDs: An Update

Gus Bassani, PharmD

USP Chapters have undergone much change in recent year, including standards for beyond-use dates. Our speaker will review USP’s process for standard creation, summarize the revisions proposed for USP <795> and discuss the next steps for the chapters. Attendees will be provided with information on where to find the proposed revisions to the chapters and the supplementary materials.

CPE was originally part of EduCon 2022.

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Implementing Pharmacogenomic Testing in Your Practice

Peter Clapp, Ph.D. and Lisa Faast, PharmD

Adding pharmacogenomic testing to your pharmacy practice can increase revenues and improve patient outcomes. This session will include a review of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in pharmacogenetic analyses and the possible consequences of metabolic enzyme polymorphism on drug disposition. You will learn how to identify potential patients for PGx testing, recognize compensation models for PGx services, and how to market this service to grow your pharmacy.

CPE was originally part of EduCon 2022.

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R&D Roundtable: How Compounders are Aiding Medical Research

Facilitator: Alexander Pytlarz, R.Ph.; Panelists: Linda McElhiney, R.Ph.; Joe Navarra, R.Ph.; and David Mastropietro, R.Ph., Ph.D.

There is a wide range of medical research projects in which compounders are engaged and can be engaged. Our panel of speakers will provide attendees with an understanding of the research protocols under which compounders can engage in supporting medical research projects and explain how to cultivate relationships with medical research and identify R&D opportunities related to compounding.

CPE was originally part of EduCon 2022.

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Cultural Competency & Bias Training

Denise Frank, BPharm, R.Ph., FACA

The Affordable Care Act’s Section 1557, “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities,” was created to reduce disparities in health care and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded health programs. This session will provide examples of discrimination, and review key provisions of the rule, including enforcement and consequences of noncompliance. Attendees will learn how to recognize types of discrimination and develop a plan for their work setting to become compliant.

CPE was originally part of EduCon 2022.

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Compounder Ethics: The Code as Compliance Strategy

Barbara Exum

This session will review the new code of ethics adopted by Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding, The Pharmacy Compounding Professional’s Code of Ethics. Characteristics of ethical behavior in the practice of pharmacy and ethical principles as they relate to compounders will be included. Our speaker will also describe frameworks used in ethical decision-making that you can use when confronted with ethical dilemmas.

CPE was originally part of EduCon 2022.

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Veterinary Compounding: Considerations & Clinical Pearls

Deborah Clark, R.Ph.

Compounding for veterinary patients requires special considerations when choosing a route of administration and dosage form for a given species. Our speaker will provide an overview of toxicities to consider when choosing a commercially available drug product or when formulating a compounded product, as well as appropriate dosage forms for the canine, feline and equine patient. Unique dosage form options that may give a better therapeutic outcome in certain species will be included.

CPE was originally part of EduCon 2022.

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When the DEA Comes Calling: Preparing for and Managing that Inspection

Larry Houck

What do you do when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) inspector shows up at your pharmacy? What is the extent of DEA inspection authority and what enforcement actions can occur? This session will help you prepare for and know what to expect during a DEA inspection, including do’s and don’ts, policies and procedures, and the importance of conducting a post-inspection mirror audit.

CPE was originally part of EduCon 2022.

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Neuroinflammatory disorders

Jim Hrncir and Ashley Berthelot

Explore innovative protocols and opportunities to optimize outcomes for patients suffering from debilitating neuroinflammatory disorders. Paired well with discussions on provider outreach tactics and how to best educate providers on the clinical mechanisms behind these protocols — this program will open the doors to new possibilities.

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Controlled Substances & the Corresponding Responsibility of the Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician

With Erika Fallon, PharmD, RPh

The DEA’s recently revised “Pharmacist Manual” states, “To be valid, a prescription for a controlled substance must be issued for a legitimate medical purpose by a practitioner acting in the usual course of professional practice. The practitioner is responsible for the proper prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances, but a corresponding responsibility rests with the pharmacist who fills the prescription.”

Compounding pharmacists may find themselves uniquely vulnerable to enforcement action and penalties provided for violations of the provisions of law relating to controlled substances. 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) and 21 CFR 1306.04(a). Specific challenges include “off-label” usage of controlled substances, novel therapies that are not well established in scientific literature, and unreliable information regarding what other medications patients are taking. This program seeks to educate and equip pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on best practices and strategies to ensure compliance, including recognizing red flags, patients with substance abuse disorders, over-utilization, documentation of diagnosis, and checking the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

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Some Hot Topics Concerning Hazardous Drugs

With L. Rad Dillon, RPh

Despite being available for review for a number of years, confusion and misunderstandings remain concerning USP <800>, especially regarding certain key topics. This presentation will examine two such topics, personal protective equipment and cleaning & disinfection, in a manner that makes the requirements understandable and easy to apply. Material will be organized in an easy-to-understand fashion, making use of tables, charts, and key takeaways. With the official implementation of proposed USP <795> and <797>, as early as a few months away, inspection-ready compliance with USP <800> will be required for all States governed by USP standards, if not already required.

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HVAC and Cleanroom Workflow

With Bryan Prince, MBA

One of the most important criteria for the success of a compliant sterile and/or nonsterile compounding room is the HVAC system. USP and ISO have minimum particle count classifications, as well as air changes per hour requirements which are foundational to certifying a cleanroom. Additionally, people and process generate heat and seasons change, all of which affect the performance for the HVAC system connected to the cleanroom. During this presentation, we will clearly define how to design an appropriate HVAC system, taking into account compounding workflow considerations.

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Surviving an Inspection

With Melissa Stefko, MBA

In this activity, we will discuss how to prepare for and what to expect during an inspection. We will cover firm’s rights during an inspection, common inspection techniques used by auditors and appropriate responses. Additionally we will go through common items investigated as well as common investigational findings in compounding pharmacies. Lastly, we will also cover how to write an effective response to the regulatory agency.

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Even more courses

Through partnerships with LP3 and SeminarWeb, APC offers additional on-demand continuing education classes related to pharmacy compounding from APC and other publishers.


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