BRISTOL, Tenn. — Two Anderson Compounding Pharmacy staff members recently participated in the Global Education and Training Program hosted by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) in Rockville, Maryland.
Microbiologist Chad Trent, Anderson’s director of sterile preparations, and Tanya Gragg, a certified pharmacy technician who supervises Anderson’s laboratory operations, attended programs in July that addressed the USP’s standards for sterile and non-sterile compounding guidelines, known as USP standards <797> and <795>, respectively.
USP is a nonprofit organization that sets scientific standards designed to improve the quality of medicines. USP <797> standards set requirements for preparing, testing and verifying sterile compounded medications, while the USP <795> standards establish similar requirements for non-sterile compounds. These standards help compounding practitioners adhere to widely acknowledged, scientifically sound procedures and practices, and facilitate the delivery of consistent and good-quality compounded medicines to patients.
Compliance with the USP standards is considered necessary for quality compounding. Twenty-nine states require pharmacies to comply with USP <797> standards.
“It is important for compounding pharmacists to understand and comply with the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention,” says Cleve Anderson, DPh, owner and chief pharmacist of Anderson Compounding Pharmacy, located at 310 Bluff City Highway in Bristol, Tennessee. “Tanya’s and Chad’s attendance at the USP Program demonstrates the pharmacy’s commitment to implementing the best practices in the industry.”
Anderson Compounding Pharmacy recently added Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography (UHPLC) verification on select formulations, a benefit provided by a limited number of pharmacies throughout the United States. UHPLC verification assesses the potency of ingredients in a medication. Anderson Compounding Pharmacy is the only compounding pharmacy in the state of Tennessee to own and operate the UHPLC on a daily basis.
Additionally, earlier this year, Anderson became the only compounding pharmacy in Tennessee to earn both the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board’s (PCAB®) Seal of Accreditation and the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation’s (HQAA) Seal of Accreditation. Anderson’s designation as a PCAB-accredited pharmacy demonstrates that the pharmacy meets the highest quality and safety standards in its profession. Anderson is only the sixth compounding pharmacy in the state of Tennessee to earn this distinctive accreditation.
About Anderson Compounding Pharmacy
Serving the Bristol community for more than 25 years, Anderson Compounding Pharmacy is a hospital-preferred provider specializing in wound care, pain management, dermatological services and scar therapy. Anderson strives to provide the community with the most up-to-date services and equipment available, and it is a member of Professional Compounding Centers of America, Inc. For more information, visit www.andersoncompounding.com or call 423.764.4136.