Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy Earns Industry’s Top Quality & Safety Endorsement

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Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy earns new accreditation status, high marks on quality and safety.

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Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy is making it easier for doctors and patients to choose a compounding pharmacy they know meets the highest quality and safety standards in its profession. On September 10, 2012, Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy renewed their PCAB accreditation. By renewing their Seal of Accreditation, they abide by a system of standards created by some of the leading organizations in the compounding pharmacy profession. Leiter’s was first given the Seal of Accreditation in June 2009, as the first accredited pharmacy in the Bay Area.

Compounding medications is an integral part of the practice of pharmacy and the demand for these customized medications are increasing every year. Yet many people may not even be aware of its role. Compounding medications are prescriptions that are written by physicians, veterinarians and other legally authorized prescribers and prepared for an individual patient by a specially trained pharmacist. Examples of compounded prescriptions are:

  • When a child needs a smaller dose of a medicine that is only commercially manufactured in adult-size doses.
  • When a person cannot tolerate the inactive ingredients (such as gluten or sugar) in manufactured medicines.
  • When a doctor believes a medicine is needed for his or her patient, but a manufacturer has discontinued the medicine for economic reasons.

Many pharmacies practice a small degree of compounding, while others specialize in the centuries-old practice.

“Our PCAB® Accreditation status and our designation as a PCAB Accredited® compounding pharmacy lets the public know that we rank among the best for quality and safety,” said President Charles Leiter. “The PCAB® Seal of Accreditation shows our dedication to protecting our patients by practicing safe, high-quality compounding.”

With the high volume of prescriptions that are compounded each year, there has been a need for an enhanced, profession-wide system of standards by which each compounding pharmacy can test its quality processes. While compounding pharmacy is regulated by the state, PCAB® Accreditation is an even more comprehensive way to ensure a compounding pharmacy is meeting quality and safety standards.

To earn PCAB® Accreditation, Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy had to complete an extensive application, document its written policies and provide an analysis of its quality procedures by compounding pharmacists that was reviewed by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board and some of the leading figures in the field. Next, the pharmacy opened its doors for an extensive on-site inspection led by compounding experts. Only when these stringent evaluations were completed did the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board officially grant Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy the PCAB® Seal of Accreditation and the right to use the designation “PCAB Accredited® compounding pharmacy.”

About Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy:

Leiter's Pharmacy was founded by Harry Leiter in 1925 in Pismo Beach, CA. It moved to the San Jose area in 1952 and into its current location on Park Ave in San Jose in October 2003. It is currently operated by President Mort Leiter, RPh, and CEO Charles Leiter., Pharm. D. Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy has compounded more than 1 million sterile doses in the last 25 years.

For more information on Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy, visit their website at http://www.LeiterRx.com

About the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board:

The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board is a not-for-profit corporation formed by eight national pharmacy organizations that recognized the need for a national standards organization for compounding pharmacy. Together, these leading organizations developed the policies and standards for the practice of compounding pharmacy, as well as the PCAB® Accreditation criteria and processes. For more information on PCAB® Accreditation, visit the PCAB® Web site at http://www.pcab.org/.

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