The Importance of Quality Compounding: The PCAB Assurance
Choosing your compounding pharmacy is an important decision, so choosing a PCAB accredited pharmacy is a decision worth making. The PCAB ACCREDITED seal is your assurance that Medical Center Pharmacy has been tested against and adheres to the profession’s highest standards – standards that increase quality, reduce errors, and improve safety in everything we do.
Medical Center Pharmacy is the first pharmacy in the eastern North Carolina area to earn the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board’s Seal of Accreditation – a system of standards created by some of the leading organizations in compounding pharmacy. The accreditation demonstrates that MCP meets the highest quality and safety standards in its profession.
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.
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 quality and safety standards.
Whether your compounded medication is for your child, your pet, or yourself, trust your health to a pharmacy you know has been put to the test. We are proud to be among the compounding pharmacies leading the way by practicing this elevated system of compounding standards. The PCAB Seal of Accreditation demonstrates our dedication to being the best in our profession as well as our commitment to making your health our top priority. We also hope it will further strengthen the bond of trust you have with us.
For more information on PCAB Accreditation, visit the PCAB Web site at www.pcab.org