What is Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation And Why Is It Important?
Premier Pharmacy’s commitment to quality and safety is one of the primary reasons healthcare professionals trust us to serve their own patients. This pledge to quality has been confirmed through our accreditation by nationally recognized institutions.
Accreditation typically involves an independent organization reviewing a company’s operations to ensure they are meeting the highest standards. These include standards for issues like quality control and patient safety.
Premier Pharmacy is making it easier for doctors and patients in the Tri-Cities to choose a compounding pharmacy they know meets the highest quality and safety standards in its profession. Premier Pharmacy earned the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board’s Seal of Accreditation, a service provided by Accreditation Commission for Health Care Inc. (ACHC). Less than 1% of compounding pharmacies have earned this distinction.
Compounding medications is an integral part of the practice of pharmacy and the demand for these customized medications are increasing every year. Yet many people may not even be aware of its role. Compounded medications are prescriptions that are written by physicians, veterinarians and other legally authorized prescribers and prepared for an individual patient by a specially trained pharmacist. Examples of compounded prescriptions are:
- When a child needs a smaller dose of a medicine that is only commercially manufactured in adult-size doses.
- When a person cannot tolerate the inactive ingredients (such as gluten or sugar) in manufactured medicines.
- When a doctor believes a medicine is needed for his or her patient, but a manufacturer has discontinued the medicine for economic reasons.
Many pharmacies practice a small degree of compounding, while others specialize in the centuries-old practice.
Our new PCAB Accreditation status and our designation as a PCAB Accredited™ compounding pharmacy lets the public know that Premier Pharmacy ranks among the best for quality and safety. The PCAB Seal of Accreditation shows our dedication to protecting our patients by practicing safe, high-quality compounding.
With the high volume of prescriptions that are compounded each year, there has been a need for an enhanced, profession-wide system of standards by which each compounding pharmacy can test its quality processes. While compounding pharmacy is regulated by the state, PCAB Accreditation is an even more comprehensive way to ensure a compounding pharmacy is meeting the highest quality and safety standards.
To earn PCAB Accreditation, Premier Pharmacy had to complete an extensive application, document its written policies and provide an analysis of its quality procedures that was reviewed by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board and some of the leading figures in the field of compounding. Next, the pharmacy opened its doors for an extensive on-site inspection led by compounding experts. Only when these stringent evaluations were completed did the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board officially grant Premier Pharmacy the PCAB Seal of Accreditation and the right to use the designation “PCAB Accredited™ compounding pharmacy.
We are honored by this new accreditation. It confirms our commitment to providing safe, personalized solutions that meet the medical needs of our patients – and the needs of the healthcare providers in our community who rely on us for these specialized medicines. We believe this will further strengthen the bond of trust between our pharmacy and the Tri-Cities community. You wouldn’t go to an unaccredited hospital, so why go to an unaccredited compounding pharmacy?
About the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board
The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board is a not-for-profit corporation formed by eight national pharmacy organizations that recognized the need for a national standards organization for compounding pharmacy. Together, these leading organizations developed the policies and standards for the practice of compounding pharmacy, as well as the PCAB Accreditation criteria and processes.
For more information on PCAB Accreditation, visit the PCAB Web site at www.pcab.org.