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Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board Statement

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[I reference this article in my book “Dr. Liz’s Easy Guide to Menopause” in the discussion about the quality-control measures that exist for pharmacies that prepare compounded hormone therapy products.] 

Prescribers and patients looking for verified quality
– The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) reached a milestone by accrediting its 60th pharmacy in 27 states, and there are over 140 more pharmacies which have applied for PCAB Accreditation.


The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board is a not-for-profit corporation formed by eight national pharmacy organizations that recognized the need for a national standards organization for compounding pharmacy. Together, these leading organizations developed the policies and standards for the practice of compounding pharmacy, as well as the PCAB Accreditation criteria and processes.”  

PCAB utilizes a set of comprehensive standards created by some of the leading organizations and pharmacy compounding experts. To earn PCAB Accreditation, these 60 pharmacies met strict criteria which include completion of an extensive application, documentation of their written policies, and an on-site inspection of its quality procedures. The final review is conducted by the PCAB Accreditation Committee which is chaired by a representative of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and is co-chaired by a representative of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Additional members of the five-person PCAB Accreditation Committee include two compounding pharmacy owners of PCAB-Accredited pharmacies and a physician.  

“PCAB and its member organizations are committed to supporting solid standards for compounding pharmacies as a means to assure the long term availability of valuable compounded preparations for patients who need them,” said Thomas E. Menighan, APhA Executive Vice President and CEO–designate and PCAB President. “We are pleased to reach this milestone and look forward to continued growth.”