Charles Leiter Featured Speaker at the ASCRS Symposium

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Charles Leiter, President and CEO of Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy, outlines Quality Assurance and standards for compounding pharmacies.

Charles Leiter, the President and CEO of Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy, was a featured speaker at the annual ASCRS Symposium and Congress in San Francisco, CA on April 22, 2013. The symposium is an annual conference and seminar for top Cataract and Refractive surgeons from across the country.

Leiter was asked to give his widely acclaimed presentation on Quality Assurance Programs in Compounding Pharmacies and how Leiter’s exemplifies the gold-standard in the industry. He discussed the dichotomy of manufacturing and compounding and how the two industries are separated. He also discussed the Food and Drug Administration’s role in compounding pharmacies and how this role has evolved in the last six months.

The presentation focused on what Cataract and Refractive surgeons should look for in a compounding pharmacy. Leiter’s presentation also discussed the importance of Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board certification given to only 162 of 3,000 compounding pharmacies in the United States. Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy is PCAB accredited.

“The number one rule for doctors when ordering a compounded medication is to verify that the pharmacy is PCAB accredited,” Leiter said. “Doctors or buyers at their clinics or ASCs should know and trust who they are doing business with and should not procure on the basis of selecting the lowest cost provider.”

Leiter concluded his presentation by explaining the vitality of compounding pharmacies in the industry.

“Compounded medications provide a unique role in improving therapeutic outcomes,” he said. “When compounding is done right, it is safe and effective.”

A 1983 graduate of the USC School of Pharmacy, Leiter joined his family at Leiter’s Pharmacy in 1985. He has been recognized as one of the world’s leading ophthalmic pharmacists. He regularly consults with major teaching hospitals and institutes in the country and abroad. Leiter is also involved in many FDA clinical trials and drug studies.

About the company:
Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy is located in San Jose, California and is a full walk-in pharmacy, retail store, and compounding facility. Leiter’s has state-of-the-art sterile and non-sterile clean rooms and compounds over 11,000 custom prescriptions. It is the industry leader in ophthalmic compounds and solutions. It is currently operated by President and CEO Charles Leiter, Pharm. D. Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy has compounded more than 1 million sterile doses in the last 25 years. Visit Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy online at

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