Sunday, April 28, 2013

State of Washington Board of Pharmacy Clarifies Pharmacy Compounding Standards

No. 1135 Clarification of Pharmacy
Compounding Standards
The Washington State Board of Pharmacy discussed pharmacy
compounding standards at the February 21, 2013 business
meeting, specifically WAC 246-878-020(4). The Board has
always read Section (4) in conjunction with other subsections
that specifically require a prescription for a compounded
drug. However, it agreed that Section (4), read independently,
could allow a pharmacy to provide compounded products for
a practitioner to give out to individual patients without a prescription
for a specific patient. Because this has clearly been
the belief of some compounding pharmacies in Washington,
the Board decided it will honor this interpretation of the rule.
On January 10, 2013, the Board authorized rulemaking regarding
compounding practices to ensure appropriate standards
are in place to protect the health and safety of the people of
Washington. The Board will invite stakeholders to participate
after filing the “Intent to Initiate Rulemaking” (CR101).

Quoted from State of Washington Board of Pharmacy April 2013 Newsletter

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