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ACHC Pharmacy Accreditation:
ACHC is a recognized leader in the area of Pharmacy Accreditation. ACHC Surveyors are licensed Pharmacists who draw upon relevant experience to provide a comprehensive assessment of your organization as well as provide helpful, consultative advice. ACHC accredits pharmacies that dispense medications pursuant to a prescription order for an individually-identified patient for the following pharmacy services:
Infusion Pharmacy (IRX)
The Infusion Pharmacy (IRX) continuum of care includes IV drug mixture preparation, IV administration, therapy monitoring, client/patient counseling and education. It is the administration of medications using intravenous, subcutaneous and epidural routes. Accreditation for sterile compounding includes compliance with USP <797>.
Ambulatory Infusion Center (AIC)
An AIC is a centralized location where a patient can receive infusion therapy administered by the appropriate clinical personnel.
Specialty Pharmacy (SRX)
An SRX dispenses medications (injectable, intravenous or oral) in a client's/patient's home, physician’s office, or clinic specializing in certain disease states. These medications target a specific population with a chronic and sometimes life-threatening disease. Specialty Pharmacy includes disease specific clinical monitoring as well as patient compliance and adherence programs.
Distinction(s) (For Specialty Pharmacy)
For a pharmacy to earn accreditation with a distinction in oncology, the provider should have ACHC Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation. This additional accreditation recognition encompasses: delivery of medications for the treatment of cancer-specific conditions; the ability to identify the toxic nature of these medications; and collaboration between the physician, pharmacist, and client/patient to optimize the client's/patient’s plan of care, cost containment, and client/patient outcomes.
Infusion Nursing (IRN)
Infusion Nursing is the administration of parenteral medications via various accesses and ports by a Registered Nurse specifically trained in these specialized services. This service can be provided in a variety of settings.
Community Retail Pharmacy (CR)
A Community Retail Pharmacy is a stand-alone traditional pharmacy, or a pharmacy included as part of a large retailer or medical center that has a state license to dispense medications to the general public at retail prices. To learn more about ACHC's Community Retail Services, please click here to view our DMEPOS Program.
Long Term Care Pharmacy (LTC)
Long Term Care Pharmacy is the management of medications for residents of institutional facilities to ensure proper drug therapy, as well as packaging and delivery of medications.
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PCAB Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation:
Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) based on (USP) United States Pharmacopeial Convention standards, offers the most comprehensive compliance solution in the industry. PCAB accreditation assesses the compounding process based on a specific set of standards that concentrate on the quality and consistency of medications produced. PCAB accredits pharmacies that dispense medications pursuant to a prescription order for an individually-identified patient for the following pharmacy services:
Non-Sterile Pharmacy Compounding (CFNS)
Non-Sterile Pharmacy Compounding is a process by which a Pharmacist prepares drugs by combining, mixing, or altering ingredients into a pharmaceutical preparation. These preparations are designed to be administered by a route of administration that does not require sterility as result of a practitioner’s prescription drug order. Compounding includes the preparation of drugs in anticipation of receiving prescription drug orders based on routine, regularly-observed prescribing patterns.
Sterile Pharmacy Compounding (CFST)
Sterile Pharmacy Compounding is the practice of preparing custom medications for patients in a sterile environment to prevent contamination and maintain patient safety. PCAB Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation for sterile compounding involves measuring a specific set of process standards that concentrate on the quality and consistency of medications that are produced.
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