The Apothecary Shops earns new accreditation status, high marks on quality and safety
One local pharmacy is making it easier for doctors and patients to choose a compounding pharmacy they know meets the highest quality and safety standards in its profession. The Apothecary Shops is the first pharmacy in the Southwest, and only the second in the nation, to earn the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board’s (PCAB) Seal of Accreditation – a new system of standards created by some of the leading organizations in pharmacy.
Compounding medications is an integral part of the practice of pharmacy; an estimated 30 to 40 million prescriptions are compounded each year. Yet many people may not even be aware of its role. Compounded medications are prescriptions written by physicians, veterinarians and other legally authorized prescribers and prepared for an individual patient by a specially trained pharmacist. Many pharmacies practice a small degree of compounding, while others, such as The Apothecary Shops, 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 The Apothecary Shops ranks among the best for quality and safety,” said Dr. John D. Musil, Pharm.D., FACA, Owner and CEO of The Apothecary Shops. “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, The Apothecary Shops had to complete an extensive application, document its written policies and provide an analysis of its quality procedures that was reviewed by the PCAB 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 PCAB officially grant The Apothecary Shops the PCAB Seal of Accreditation and the right to use the designation “PCAB Accredited™ compounding pharmacy.”
“Our staff is 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,” said Musil. “We believe this will further strengthen the bond of trust between The Apothecary Shops and the community.”