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Rite Aid’s EnvisionPharmacies gains PCAB accreditation

BY Michael Johnsen

EnvisionPharmacies, a division of the Rite Aid subsidiary EnvisionRxOptions, announced that its compounding pharmacy received accreditation from the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board, a service of Accreditation Commission for Health Care. EnvisionPharmacies also holds accreditation for both Mail and Specialty Pharmacy from URAC, a healthcare management accrediting organization.

“Compounded medications can be a lifesaver for patients who are unable to take commercially available drugs because of allergies or difficulty swallowing,” said Bruce Scott, president of EnvisionPharmacies. “For patients with unique therapeutic needs, compounded medications are a highly customized, cost-effective option to provide clinically necessary therapies.”

PCAB assesses pharmacies that compound medications by combining, mixing or altering drug ingredients to create a medication as prescribed for an individual patient. The accreditation process includes an extensive onsite survey conducted by an independent expert and annual verification to ensure compliance with the pharmacy compounding process defined by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention guidelines.

The practice of compounding medications has received recent attention for both affordability and quality. EnvisionPharmacies employs highly trained pharmacists who prepare safe, effective, custom compounded medications by mixing individual ingredients in the precise strength and dosage prescribed for an individual patient. Prepared in a state-of-the-art lab to prevent cross contamination, compounded medications available from EnvisionPharmacies include allergen-free preparations, formulations for patients who have trouble swallowing or taste sensitivities, and combinations of multiple medications made into a single dose form. Achieved by a select number of compounding pharmacies nationally, accreditation from PCAB validates EnvisionPharmacies’ commitment to safe practices, and offers an affordable solution for employers and health plans.

“PCAB Accreditation allows pharmacies to distinguish themselves as a high-quality pharmacy, committed to the highest compounding standards” said Jon Pritchett, associate director of pharmacy for PCAB. “EnvisionPharmacies has successfully demonstrated its ability to develop high quality, safe and effective compound medications to meet the unique needs of their patients.”

“Through the process of accreditation, PCAB has evaluated every series of action we take in the lab,” explained Allison Shuster, manager, Compounding department for EnvisionPharmacies. “This is vital for patient safety, as every product is compounded by hand from formulas uniquely created for each individual patient’s individual needs. PCAB Accreditation recognizes our commitment to provide the highest quality compounded medications for all our patients and maintains that we follow the best practices in the industry.”

 

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