APC: A congressional visit with a Washington pharmacy

August 6, 2021

A congressional visit with a Washington pharmacy

APC member Dawn Ipsen of Kusler’s Compounding Pharmacy in Snohomish, Wash., arranged a pharmacy visit with Cameron Caldwell, the northwest Washington outreach director for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. “We had a fabulous visit and informative conversation,” Dawn said, that included an introduction to compounding, a facility tour, and a visit to the pharmacy’s NIOSH lab where they were making various compounded hormones.

“It piqued his attention when I mentioned the importance of progesterone suppositories and the risk of the FDA making it illegal to compound such products,” Dawn said — good news for our cBHT campaign. She also discussed the FDA’s MOU with states, and why it’s important to delay enforcement.

This kind of face-to-face meeting is the best way to get legislators’ attention on our most important issues. If you’ve never met with your senator or representative, now’s a great time — they’re on recess. Check out our handy guide for setting up a visit, then invite your member of Congress for a tour!