Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners
Pharmacists will be the health care professionals responsible for providing patient care that ensures optimal medication therapy outcomes.
Pharmacy Practice in 2015
The Foundations of Pharmacy Practice. Pharmacy education will prepare pharmacists to provide patient-centered and population-based care that optimizes medication therapy; to manage health care system resources to improve therapeutic outcomes; and to promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention. Pharmacists will develop and maintain:
- a commitment to care for, and care about, patients
- an in-depth knowledge of medications, and the biomedical, sociobehavioral, and clinical sciences
- the ability to apply evidence-based therapeutic principles and guidelines, evolving sciences and emerging technologies, and relevant legal, ethical, social, cultural, economic, and professional issues to contemporary pharmacy practice.
How Pharmacists Will Practice
Pharmacists will have the authority and autonomy to manage medication therapy and will be accountable for patients’ therapeutic outcomes. In doing so, they will communicate and collaborate with patients, care givers, health care professionals, and qualified support personnel. As experts regarding medication use, pharmacists will be responsible for:
- rational use of medications, including the measurement and assurance of medication therapy outcomes
- promotion of wellness, health improvement, and disease prevention
- design and oversight of safe, accurate, and timely medication distribution systems.
Working cooperatively with practitioners of other disciplines to care for patients, pharmacists will be:
- the most trusted and accessible source of medications, and related devices and supplies
- the primary resource for unbiased information and advice regarding the safe, appropriate, and cost-effective use of medications
- valued patient care providers whom health care systems and payers recognize as having responsibility for assuring the desired outcomes of medication use.
How Pharmacy Practice Will Benefit Society
Pharmacists will achieve public recognition that they are essential to the provision of effective health care by ensuring that:
- medication therapy management is readily available to all patients
- desired patient outcomes are more frequently achieved
- overuse, underuse and misuse of medications are minimized
- medication-related public health goals are more effectively achieved
- cost-effectiveness of medication therapy is optimized.
Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB)
As a member of the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB), ACA is committed to uniform accreditation standards for the compounding profession. PCAB will set tough, national standards that pharmacies will have to meet to obtain accreditation. The process will ensure that pharmacies from coast to coast have in place sound practices, processes, facilities, equipment and personnel to prepare compounded medicatiosn for their patients.
Voluntary Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Program
Compounding pharmacists play a vital role in their patients’ lives, providing customized medications ordered by prescribers, sometimes when all other options will not work. Compounded medications are prepared by pharmacists for individual patients, often with special needs.
With an estimated 30 million to 40 million prescriptions compounded each year, the pharmacy profession saw a need for an enhanced, profession-wide system of standards by which each compounding pharmacy can test its quality processes. Compounding pharmacists also wanted a mechanism to allow them to know that their quality is high and that their patients are as safe as possible. PCAB Accreditation gives patients and prescribers a way to select a pharmacy that meets high quality standards.
Founding of Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB™)
Eight of the nation’s leading pharmacy organizations joined together, contributing their time, money and leadership to make PCAB, a voluntary system of standards for compounding pharmacies, a reality. PCAB has created stringent standards and the accreditation process is underway. This is an important step for the profession of pharmacy and the practice of compounding. PCAB is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to PCAB may be deductible under section 170 of the Code.
The mission of PCAB is to serve the public good by serving pharmacy, patients and prescribers:
- to organize and carryout a comprehensive program of voluntary accreditation in the practice of pharmacy compounding.
- to promote, develop and maintain principles, policies and standards for the practice of pharmacy compounding in the public interest and to apply these in the accreditation of pharmacies that offer pharmacy compounding to improve the quality and safety of pharmacy compounding provided to the general public.
- to offer to the public and prescribers a way to identify the pharmacies that satisfy accreditation criteria.
- to provide a public forum for information on the practice of pharmacy compounding and to educate the public on the importance of pharmacy compounding.
Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB)
1100 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005