ALEXANDRIA, Va. (July 16, 2013) — Today, National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, testified at the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health’s hearing on “Reforming the Drug Compounding Regulatory Framework.” His remarks focused on discussion draft legislation offered by U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) that seeks to address the concerns raised by the New England Compounding Center’s (NECC) fungal meningitis tragedy late last year.
“NCPA supports the approach of Rep. Griffith’s discussion draft as it is not a broad expansion of FDA power over historically state-regulated pharmaceutical compounding but, to the contrary, strikes a proper balance of making certain that future tragedies are avoided while also preserving patients’ access to vital compounds,” said Hoey. “Representative Griffith’s discussion draft recognizes that pharmacist compounding is an integral part of the pharmacy profession and meets patients’ needs in a variety of care settings. When manufactured drugs aren't an option, independent community pharmacists prepare customized medications for patients in accordance with a prescriber’s prescription based on the patient's individual needs.”
The provisions in the discussion draft that NCPA supports include:
NCPA also expressed concerns about three particular legislative proposals circulating that would:
“Throughout Congress’ efforts to determine the best course of action for preventing another NECC tragedy from occurring, NCPA has been a constructive force to find the best solution,” said Hoey. “We believe patient access to compounded medications must be preserved and that Rep. Griffith’s proposal is the best approach going forward.”