Best Compounding Pharmacy In The Redondo Beach, CA
Pharmacies do not require any specific licenses to become a compounding pharmacy. As long as a pharmacy is a licensed pharmacy, they can provide services as a compounding pharmacy. There are no requirements for licensure, training, or certifications to become a compounding pharmacy.
All additional accreditations and certifications are purely voluntary in nature. This makes it necessary for the prescribers and patients to vet the pharmacy they use. This is to ensure their services and product qualities are up to par.
These are a few questions you should ask shortlisted compounding pharmacies for determining if they fit your needs. American Integrative Pharmacy (AIP), led by Dr. Neema Yazdanpanah, provides safe and proven compounding medications to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and online nationwide.
Are you PCAB accredited?
Compounding pharmacies are accredited by a separate board called the PCAB (Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board). The board certifies the compounding pharmacy on several factors. This includes imparting adequate training to compounding personnel, using reputable sources for chemicals, employing quality procedures for preventing errors in mixing and delivery. The board also ensures the compounding pharmacy has a fair quality improvement program for correcting mistakes as they occur.
Do you source only quality ingredients and chemicals? How do you determine the quality?
All good compounding pharmacies will have you know that they use only FDA-registered wholesalers. They will also tell you that all their active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are EP-grade or USP-grade. EP stands for European Pharmacopeia while USP is for United States Pharmacopeia. These pharmaceutical standards are employed on chemicals being used to manufacture drugs or used as part of drugs by compounding pharmacies.
You should know that every chemical has several different grades – reagent grade, chemical grade, supplement grade, pharmaceutical grade. Lower grade chemicals tend to be laxer in their requirements. There should be a certificate of analysis (COA) in each drug ingredient received by the pharmacy.
The COA will spell out all testing results including the potency, water content, and number of elemental impurities. It is vital that compounding pharmacies only use chemicals marked EP-grade or USP-grade to ensure their safety and efficacy.
Are there additional testing measures in place for your drug ingredients?
You should be aware of how deeply a compounding pharmacy investigates their chemical quality and chemical source. Chemical identification testing and micronization testing can be performed as additional tests. The compounding pharmacy can also perform USP compendial testing, identification testing, and particle size analysis.
You shouldn’t write off a compounding pharmacy just because they don’t conduct any additional testing on the chemicals and other drug ingredients. However, it’s paramount that you ask the compounding pharmacy to explain their vetting process for a particular wholesaler or drug ingredient.
Compounding pharmacies should investigate their wholesalers and assure that all responsibilities are fulfilled. They should also audit the ingredients and suppliers periodically.
AIP provides advanced compounding pharmacy solutions, including online prescription refills to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and online nationwide.
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American Integrative Pharmacy is located in Torrance, CA serving residents in and around Orange County, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Lomita and surrounding areas. Online prescription sales are available across the US.