May 31st 2019
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Latest News - Out of The Gates May

Memorial Day may have come and gone, and our minds shifted to thoughts of summertime excursions, but I'd like to take another moment to acknowledge the holiday and the meaning behind it. 

There are many ways and a multitude of ceremonies to pay tribute to our fallen military service members. In Massachusetts, from where this newsletter originates, hundreds of volunteers planted mini American flags on Boston Common -- some 37,000 banners in all honoring each Massachusetts service member who has died in action since the Revolutionary War. You can see some of the photos here.

This "flag garden" is a poignant reminder of service and sacrifice, a special commemoration for those who died defending our country. 

Best wishes,

Ernest P. Gates Jr., RPh, FASCP, FIACP, FACA
President, Gates Healthcare Associates 
Kilgus Joins Gates Healthcare as Associate

Gates Healthcare is pleased to announce a new Associate joining its team of consultants: James Kilgus, RPh.

Kilgus brings more than two decades of experience in pharmacy, including as an operations executive. He has expertise in pharmacy practice, USP <797> guidelines, regulatory compliance, clinical and education services, operations analysis, process improvement, change management and project management.

Kilgus previously served as the executive director of pharmacy services for long-term care pharmacies in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Lodi, Calif.
Cabaleiro to Lead USP Training on Revised Compounding Standards

Joseph Cabaleiro, R.Ph., a Senior Associate at Gates Healthcare, has been tapped to lead two training sessions for USP Education.

The courses in June will cover key pharmaceutical compounding standards found in the revised USP Chapter <795> for non-sterile preparations and the revised Chapter <797> for sterile preparations.

Practitioners including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, physicians, veterinarians and persons involved in compounding nonsterile preparations are expected to participate in the continuing pharmacy education (CPE) training courses -- which Cabaleiro will instruct as a USP volunteer and expert who helped create the new compounding standards.
Healthy Headlines .....................................................

Below are several news stories on compounding and other pharmacy-related topics. Click on the headlines for more:

FDA Issues Drug Compounding Small Entity Compliance Guide

Houston Compounding Pharmacy's Recipe for Success

The Inside Story of Why Amazon Bought PillPack

CVS to Expand "Health Hub" Concept Stores to More Locations

Why I Ditched Walgreens for This Pharmacy App

Drug Makers Will Have to Include Prices in TV Ads As Soon As This Summer

Movement to Reform Pharmacy Middlemen Reaches Boiling Point Nationwide

FDA Issues Strong Warning Over Risks of Common Sleeping Pills