NOW: How to assess pharmacies #legalityofpergolide

Nancy C

When questions about pharmacies not on the list come up, it is a good time to review how to best interact with any compounder.

First, here is the ECIR policy concerning the Compounding Pharmacy list:

Compounding Pharmacies are listed on ECIR for the convenience of the ECIR outreach group members.  Each pharmacy has been used and recommended by individual members. This does not however mean that listed companies are in any way endorsed by the ECIR Group outreach, ECIR Group Inc, its Directors or Officers. It also is no guarantee that the pharmacy continues to  currently operate in a satisfactory manner. ECIR will not knowingly list a company with a history of significant infractions.
It is the responsibility of each member to ensure they are choosing reputable  businesses for any product.

At the sole discretion of  the ECIR Group, pharmacies with a known history of violation of the public trust will not be listed. Actions would include but not be limited to history of significant customer complaints to regulatory authorities, violations and/or citations of any state or federal laws and significant reports of inappropriate treatment of members.

Interacting with a compounder:
If you google list of veterinary compounding pharmacies you will find many not listed on ECIR. That does not mean they are not good and reliable. It may mean that their names have not come up here before. To help members ensure they are getting the best possible product and service we have compiled a list of questions that may be of help to members when talking with pharmacies.  NOTE: This list of questions is not all-inclusive.

  • Ask if the pharmacy is licensed in your state.
  • Ask if they will share Certificate of Analysis for viability of the compound.
  • Does the pharmacy do their own testing of product? If so, will they share results?
  • If unable to fill an existing prescription, one may ask for transfer to another pharmacy. If you do request a transfer of your prescription, be sure to check that it actually gets done and give the new pharmacy a heads up to look for it.
  • Will the pharmacy compound the specific dosage you need?
  • Are they members of any accrediting organizations/boards such as PCAB (Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board)?
  • Have they had any action taken against them for compounding issues? If so, for what and how was that resolved?
  • What is their turnaround time for filling scripts?
  • How do they ship, what is cost and transit time ?

Nancy C in NH
ECIR Moderator 2003
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