“Our goal is to build rapport with patients and practitioners to provide the highest quality compounded prescriptions available to assist in optimal outcomes,” said Dr. Maguadog. medications became available through manufacturing via large scale production. However, to this day, many patients require individualized medication for specific needs that cannot be addressed through traditional pharmaceutical manufacturing.” From bio-identical hormone replacement to GFCF medications for Autism to topical pain medications to veterinary compounding, all walks of life occasionally see the need for an individualized medication that can only be provided through a compounding pharmacy. The issue then focuses on one of quality, safety and efficacy, which is paramount to the compounding pharmaceutical industry. “Remember the horrible events that transpired with the New England Compounding Pharmacy (NECC) and all of the people who died? Like restaurants, each compounding pharmacy makes medications differently. They each have their own formulas, methods, training, certifications, sourcing of ingredients, equipment, quality control and quality assurance. Basically, it boils down to what the proverb says: ‘You get what you pay for,’” said Dr. Maguadog.
The Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.® Difference Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.® is accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The pharmacy purposefully distinguished itself from all of the other compounding pharmacies in the area as it is the only PCAB-Accredited compounding pharmacy in Fort Bend. To fully understand the accreditation process and distinction, visit www.pcab. org and www.compoundingcornerpharmacy.com for more information. These sites fully explain about the stringent and comprehensive standards which serve as an assurance that Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.® has been tested against the pharmacy profession’s most rigorous standards in the nation. The PCAB-Accreditation helps ensure that compounding pharmacies are using the highest quality ingredients, has proven potency testing, has a proven safety record and has met or exceeded the highest pharmacy standards in the nation as set by the United States Pharmacopeia, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the American Medical Association, the American Pharmacists Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and others. “It’s not an easy process,” explained Dr. Maguadog. “But it’s a necessary standard to providing the highest quality compounded medications, and it’s our standard at Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.®.” Not only was Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.® one of first PCAB-Accredited compounding pharmacies in the nation in 2008, but they have already gone through the re-accreditation in 2011. www.fortbend
Compounding Checks and Balance So, what quality assurance and quality control goes into a compounded medication? Let’s map out a typical prescription process that occurs at Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.®: A USP or NF-grade active ingredient arrives at the pharmacy. Active ingredient is quarantined until certificate of analysis is verified and MSDS sheet is on file. Active ingredient is assigned a bar code. As the prescription is made, each active ingredient is verified by bar code scan. A digital scale that is linked to the lab computer tripleverifies and records the weight and percent error of each active ingredient. The medication is finalized through the appropriate equipment such as an ointment mill, a capsule machine, a homogenizer, a v-blender, an autoclave, a tube sealer, an IsoTech Microsphere, etc. The finished medication is verified by the pharmacist, and the prescription is labeled with the lot number for quality assurance, quality control and the ability to recall if ever necessary.
Marielena Garza and Jason Witzel perform trituration by mixing powder with a morter and pestle in Dr. Maguadog’s pharmacy. .com • August 2013
Published on Jul 22, 2013
Published on Jul 22, 2013
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