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This week, Mighty Mouse roared!

Published November 11, 2021

This year’s Compounders on Capitol Hill started Tuesday with a video of the old Mighty Mouse cartoon, a reminder that APC is small but scrappy. By Thursday morning, we’d proved it.

By the numbers:

  • 132 compounders from across the country attended (that’s not counting exhibitors and special guests).
  • They paid visits to 122 members of Congress — about two-thirds of which were in-person — talking about the critical issues facing the profession.
  • 21 exhibitors displayed their goods and services, and networked with attendees.
  • 14 individual members helped sponsor the event.
  • We got additional co-signers on HR 3662, and additional signers on the cBHT joint congressional letter to FDA.

A big thank-you to the pharmacy compounders, pharmacy owners, experts, vendors, and everyone else who attended, exhibited, sponsored, and supported the event. (You can see all our supporters at A4PC.org/cch.)

And check out all the photos A4PC.org/cch/photos!

Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) with compounding pharmacists Teresa Selvaggio and Kathleen Kane after their meeting

APC member Randy Davis of Designer Drugs Pharmacy in Chattanooga met with Rep Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) during CCH.

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) speaks at Wednesday’s CCH breakfast.

New podcast alert: Dr. Carolyn DeLucia talks sexual health

Published November 11, 2021

Dr. Carolyn DeLucia is a guest on Sophie Shepherd’s “She Talks Health” podcast where she talks, well, about health — specifically, “Women’s Sexual Health & The Gender Gap in Health Care” — including “several cutting edge technologies available to support women’s sexual wellness.” She also covers how hormones affect our ability to sleep at night, build muscle, lose fat, and have energy, as well as maintain our mental acuity and libido.

It’s part of our outreach effort to spread the word about compounded hormones!

They also serve who only sit and wait

Published November 11, 2021

New York pharmacy compounders Joe Navarra, Erika Fallon, and Gopesh Patel await their meeting with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on the Hill at Compounders on Capitol Hill.

Georgia compounding pharmacists Austin Hull and Shawn Hodges prepared to meet with Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA) in the “on Capitol Hill” part of Compounders on Capitol Hill.

 

 

Sessions says hello at CCH

Published November 11, 2021

Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) chats with APC CEO Scott Brunner. Sessions — a good friend of compounding — stopped by our afternoon Compounders on Capitol Hill reception in DC.

Heading to the Hill

Published November 11, 2021

The most important part of Compounders on Capitol Hill is underway as attendees head off for meetings with legislators — to talk cBHT, urgent-use legislation, and more.

Austin Hull, Shawn Hodges, Bryan Thompson, and Tara Thompson pause for a photo before heading to the Capitol to meet with legislators.

Legislators at CCH

Published November 11, 2021

Tuesday evening had three members of Congress speak to attendees at Compounders on Capitol Hill, including both pharmacists.

Buddy Carter (R-GA), one of those two pharmacists in Congress, stopped by to chat with attendees.

APC Past President Jennifer Burch poses with Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) at the CompPAC fundraiser where “Coach” Tuberville was the special guest.

Representative Diana Harshbarger (R-TN), the other pharmacist (and only compounder) in Congress came by Tuesday; her fundraiser is Wednesday afternoon.

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) speaks at Wednesday’s CCH breakfast.

Some pics from Day One of CCH

Published November 11, 2021

Sure, we could write 6,000 words or so about the first day of Compounders on Capitol Hill, but these pictures do an even better job.

David Pore and Amy Shank talk about meeting with your member of Congress

Lucy Malmberg presents the 2021 George & Lucy Malmberg Compounding Advocacy Champion award

Marcy Bliss was named 2021 George & Lucy Malmberg Compounding Advocacy Champion

Medisca’s Philip Smyth talks about data collection.

Attendees take notes in preparation for tomorrow’s Hill visits.

Attorney Rachael Pontikes of Reed Smith (the lead attorney in the MOU case) updates attendees about several important pharmacy compounding issues.

Marcy Bliss named 2021 George & Lucy Malmberg Compounding Advocacy Champion

Published November 11, 2021

Marcy Bliss, chief executive officer of Wedgewood Pharmacy in Swedesboro, New Jersey, was named the 2021 George and Lucy Malmberg Compounding Advocacy Champion at APC’s Compounders on Capitol Hill. Congratulations, Marcy!

Click here to read Lucy Malmberg’s presentation — and why Marcy is so deserving of this year’s honor (PDF).

New podcast alert: Jim Hrncir on “Health Mysteries Solved”

Published October 10, 2021

Jim Hrncir helped out on the “Health Mysteries Solved” podcast with host Inna Topiler, where he explained how compounded hormones can help with thyroid imbalance. Check out “Could Compounding Thyroid Medication Solve this Health Mystery?: When Synthroid, Levothyoxine and Armour Do Not Make You Feel Better.”

It’s part of the outreach from our $1.5 million media campaign to save cBHT!

A congressional letter on cBHT needs signatures

Published October 10, 2021

In an effort to head off any plans FDA might have to restrict compounded hormones, U.S. representatives Jaime Herrera-Butler (R-WA) and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) are circulating a “Dear Colleague” memo to the rest of the House. They’re asking for signatures on a letter to FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock that reminds her of the importance of cBHT, as well as the adverse consequences to the more than 2.5 million women in the U.S. who rely on it, should FDA restrict access based on that debunked NASEM report.

A bipartisan letter is a start, but they’ll need a lot more signatures for it to have an impact.

You can — you need to — help. Contact your member of Congress and ask them to co-sign the “Bipartisan Letter to Protect Women’s Access to Compounded Hormones” circulated by representatives Herrera-Butler and Wexton.

And if you’re coming to Compounders on Capitol Hill next week, getting other representatives to sign that letter will be one of our priorities. Reach out to your representative now to pave the way for those CCH conversations!

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