There are numerous drug companies in other countries that have been prohibited from sending pharmaceuticals to the U.S. due to quality issues. When pharmacies get their medications from these prohibited facilities it can impact the safety of the products you prescribe and cause a patient harm.mensclub24
Knowing how to avoid potential contaminants in your drugs could save a patient’s life. Using PCAB accredited pharmacies, using pharmacies who work with FDA registered facilities, and demanding transparency from your pharmacy will all work synergistically to ensure the safety and quality of the drugs you prescribe.
Only Utilize PCAB Accredited Pharmacies
PCAB stands for Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board. The PCAB is based on United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) standards. Being a PCAB accredited pharmacy significantly reduces the risk associated with prescribing compounded medications – although it does not eliminate risk altogether.
The accreditation board awards accreditation after examining the technique, equipment, and training processes of a pharmacy. They have very high expectations, and it is an achievement to receive accreditation. That being said, PCAB accreditation alone does not guarantee the safety of your veterinary medications.
Only Prescribe Through Pharmacies that Get Their Drugs from FDA Registered Facilities
The PCAB requires that pharmacies get their drugs through FDA registered facilities, so utilizing a PCAB accredited pharmacy kills two birds with one stone. Beware if a pharmacy is not using FDA registered facilities; it causes significant quality and safety issues for your office and for your patients. Using drugs created outside of FDA approved facilities can lead to patient harm, employee health risk, and charges of negligence or malpractice.
The FDA prevents contaminated and unsafe products from being distributed in the United States. However, it is the responsibility of the pharmacy to purchase only from FDA approved facilities.
Only Use a Pharmacy that Is Transparent with Their Ingredients
Responsibility is on the importer (a.k.a. the pharmacy) to ensure that the products being imported into the United States are in compliance with FDA laws and regulations. It is unsettling to learn how many compounding pharmacies are not using FDA registered facilities and how many veterinarians and pet owners alike that know nothing about compounding standards.
Your pharmacy staff should be able to provide all of this information when you ask for it. If they cannot, then you may need to consider moving to a PCAB accredited and fully transparent compounding pharmacy. Do not fill your prescriptions at a pharmacy that is not able to provide you with background information on exactly where and how they are buying their products, as it is likely illegal and unsafe to be using them as a pharmacy.
It is extremely important to avoid contaminants in your drug products, especially your compounded prescriptions. Knowing where your pharmacy gets their drugs, what accreditations they have, and what ingredients they are using is crucial for the proper treatment of animals and humans alike. EPC fills prescriptions in both the human and veterinary realm and all prescriptions are treated equally which improves quality and safety of medications.
Be aware of what ingredients are being used in your compounded prescriptions to assure quality and safety of medications that you are prescribing. If you have any questions about the facilities and ingredients used by EPC, contact us to speak with one of our knowledgeable and friendly pharmacists.