According to Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs, “How to Find a Quality Assured Compounding Pharmacy”, the first step to choosing a compounding pharmacy is to look for PCABⓇ Accreditation.
In the pharmacy world there are a multitude of accreditations, certifications, endorsements and memberships that a pharmacy may attain. The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation BoardⓇ (PCAB) is the one that specifically pertains to compounding. If you are going to prescribe a compound you need to ensure the pharmacy is accredited by the organization that in fact accredits compounding pharmacies. PCAB accredits in multiple categories, most pertinent to veterinary prescribers are non-sterile & sterile compounding. Here is how to verify a compounding pharmacy is accredited by PCAB in sterile compounding.
- Go to http://www.achc.org/resources/accreditedLocations
- I find it easiest to search “By State/City” just in case the pharmacy’s legal name is slightly different.
3. Click “Show/Hide Accreditation Details” to reveal “Services”:
4. Ensure both “PCAB Non-Sterile Compounding” and “PCAB Sterile Compounding.” It is possible to PCAB Non-Sterile and NOT PCAB Sterile, therefore if you prescribe a sterile compound you need to go the extra step to verify “PCAB Sterile Compounding.”5. **Best Practice Tip – Professional Liability** Verify, document and keep this PCAB search verification in your medical records for any compounded sterile or nonsterile prescription.