Compounding is a critical component of the healthcare industry.
Choosing a compounding pharmacy may be as important as choosing your doctor
Question: With so many sensationalized stories concerning compounding in the news, how can you be sure of the quality and safety of compounded medications?
Answer: Only choose a compounding pharmacy that displays the PCAB seal of accreditation. The seal is a tangible method to verify the pharmacies qualifications, and is evidence that a pharmacy has passed the profession’s most rigorous review and inspection measures by voluntarily opening its doors and books to regular on-site audits. It is a very time consuming and costly process. Only those pharmacies passionate and sincere about quality, safety, and patient outcomes will undergo the enormous task to earn this prestigious seal.
AMA and AVMA Recognizes PCAB seal to identify pharmacies exercising best practice standards
Medical associations recognize the periodic need for quality compounded medications. As such, the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) both recommend that when a physician feels a custom compounded medication is warranted, a PCAB accredited pharmacy should be utilized to formulate the medication.
Ultimately, PCAB Accreditation is for the Patient!
Compound Care Pharmacy is one of only a few PCAB accredited Pharmacy’s in the United States, placing it among the ranks of the best compounding pharmacies in the country. To see our accreditation summary and/or view a list of PCAB Pharmacies, visit www.pcab.org.
Compound Care Letter of Accreditation
PCAB Press Release, Local Pharmacy Earns Industry’s Top Quality & Safety Endorsement
The Cream of the Compounding Crop, Pharmacy Today
Not all Pharmacies have the same level of expertise when it comes to the highly specialized area of compounding. Prior to 2004 there was no way to distinguish qualifications and competencies between one compounding pharmacy versus another. That all changed in 2004, when the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) was established.
Founding of Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB™)
Eight of the nation's leading pharmacy organizations joined together, contributing their time, money and leadership to make PCAB, a voluntary system of standards for compounding pharmacies, a reality. PCAB has created stringent standards to earn accreditation. This is an important step for the profession of pharmacy and the practice of compounding.
The mission of PCAB is to serve the public good by serving pharmacy, patients and prescribers.
- to organize and carryout a comprehensive program of voluntary accreditation in the practice of pharmacy compounding.
- to promote, develop and maintain principles, policies and standards for the practice of pharmacy compounding in the public interest and to apply these in the accreditation of pharmacies that offer pharmacy compounding to improve the quality and safety of pharmacy compounding provided to the general public.
- to offer to the public and prescribers a way to identify the pharmacies that satisfy accreditation criteria.
- to provide a public forum for information on the practice of pharmacy compounding, and to educate the public on the importance of pharmacy compounding.
PCAB is a not-for-profit corporation formed by eight national pharmacy organizations that recognized the need for a national standards organization for compounding pharmacy. The organizations are;
American College of Apothecaries
American Pharmacists Association
International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
National Community Pharmacists Association
National Council of State Pharmacy Association Executives
National Home Infusion Association
United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)
Providers and consumers alike can be assured that a PCAB accredited compounding pharmacy meets the highest standards for quality and safety in the pharmacy compounding profession.
To learn more about PCAB, visit www.pcab.org