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)
PCAB Accreditation is a service of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) that assesses the non-sterile and sterile pharmacy compounding processes as defined by a specific set of standards that concentrate on the quality and consistency of medications produced. By achieving PCAB Accreditation, compounding pharmacies are able to demonstrate their commitment to compounding the highest-quality medications. PCAB accreditation, in combination with ACA’s commitment to continuous compliance, significantly reduces the risk associated with compounding medications and demonstrates a commitment to meeting the highest industry standards for quality and safety.
Founding of Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB)
Established in 2007 by eight of the nation’s leading pharmacy organizations, Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) offers the most comprehensive compliance solution in the industry, with standards based on U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) guidelines. PCAB assesses pharmacies that compound medications whether in the retail, hospital, mail order, or closed door setting. This includes the combining, mixing, or altering of drug ingredients to create a medication pursuant to a prescription order for an individually identified patient. An extensive on-site survey conducted by an independent expert and annual verification ensures compliance with the non-sterile and sterile pharmacy compounding process defined by USP <795> and USP <797>.
In 2014 PCAB Accreditation became a service of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). The alignment of the organizations ensures that safety and compliance needs are met in the most efficient and effective manner.
The Value of PCAB Accreditation
- THIRD-PARTY RECOGNITION
PCAB Accreditation meets compliance requirements for a growing number of payors, networks, and regulatory bodies.
- IMPROVED QUALITY AND SAFETY
In achieving PCAB Accreditation, pharmacies benefit from consistent practices that result in improved safety, efficiency, and quality of care.
- RISK AVERSION
Adherence to PCAB standards helps pharmacies maintain compliance with all applicable USP guidelines.
- MARKET ADVANTAGE
PCAB Accreditation allows pharmacies to distinguish themselves among their competitors by demonstrating a commitment to compliance with USP compounding standards as well as industry best practices.
- OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES
PCAB’s educational approach to accreditation enhances business operations, helps inform effective strategies, and improves patient outcomes through evidence-based best practices.
- CONTINUITY OF SERVICE
PCAB facilitates a standardized level of service that includes sound procedures, documentation, and training to ensure consistent performance across the entire organization.
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