Compounding Pharmacy

Compounded medications are prescriptions that are written by a physician, veterinarian or other legally authorized prescriber and prepared for an individual patient. They are not commercially available; rather, they are prepared by a pharmacist to meet an individual’s unique needs as determined by the prescriber.

Compounded medications are necessary for a variety of reasons.
Examples include:

  • When a child needs a dose smaller than the manufactured dose.
  • When a patient cannot tolerate an inactive ingredient in a manufactured medicine.
  • When a doctor believes a medicine is needed for his or her patient, but a manufacturer has discontinued the medicine for economic reasons.
  • The commercially available product is not available.

Compounded medications are safe and effective treatment options for patients. Prescribers customize prescriptions for patients when they believe compounded medications are that patient’s best treatment option.

Vital Care was one of the first compounding pharmacies in Mississippi to become PCAB accredited. While compounding pharmacy is regulated by the state, accreditation is an even more comprehensive way to ensure a compounding pharmacy is meeting the highest quality and safety standards.

The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board Process

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

Pharmacies seeking accreditation must submit documented proof that they meet PCAB quality standards, submit their policies and procedures for regular review, and open their doors to regular physical inspections.