Our status as a PCAB Accredited™ compounding pharmacy demonstrates our dedication to exemplary patient care. Through stringent standards of practice and continual review; we create safe, accurate, and high quality compounded medications.
Who are PCAB and ACHC?
The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) is an accrediting body established by eight pharmacy organizations:
- The American College of Apothecaries
- American Pharmacists Association
- The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists
- The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
- National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations
- The National Community Pharmacists Association
- The National Home Infusion Association
- The United States Pharmacopeia
These leading organizations recognized the need for national standards for compounding pharmacies. Driven by that need, they developed and govern PCAB’s Accreditation policies and standards.
PCAB Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation is a service of the Accredited Commission for Health Care (ACHC). ACHC is an independent, private, not-for-profit accrediting organization. They are a respected leader in health care accreditation, with a proven commitment to establishing exemplary patient care standards.
How many pharmacies have this accreditation?
- Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness is one of only 2 PCAB Accredited pharmacies in Maine.
- As of November 2016, there are only 460 PCAB Accredited compounding pharmacies across the nation (about 6% of all U.S. compounding pharmacies)
Why is it important to have PCAB Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation?
An estimated 30 to 40 million prescriptions are compounded each year. This volume speaks to the need for profession-wide standards. Each state regulates compounding pharmacies with varying basic requirements. PCAB™ Compounding Accreditation holds compounding pharmacies to a higher standard. Accredited pharmacies have undergone the strictest review and inspection measures, governed by leading organizations in the industry.
PCAB® Accreditation requires that a pharmacy:
- Uses only high quality chemicals and equipment
- Employs compounding pharmacists, nurses and certified pharmacy technicians who receive continuing education and training
- Pass an extensive on-site inspection
- Uses a system of continuous quality improvement
If a pharmacy does not meet PCAB requirements, ask why not. Your patients’ health is priceless; choose your compounding pharmacy wisely.