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From “What is compounding?” to information about a specific medicine, Akina Pharmacy is here to answer your questions and help put you on the road to comfort and health.


Frequently Asked Questions

A compounded drug is prepared by a compounding pharmacy and is tailored to a patient’s specific needs. Here are some examples when a compounded drug may be beneficial:

  • When a drug is not commercially available from a manufacturer
  • Adjust the strength of a medication
  • Avoid unwanted ingredients such as dyes, sugar, preservatives, or gluten
  • Add flavors to make the medication easier to take
  • Change in dosage forms like converting a capsule into a liquid

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Compounded medications may or may not be less expensive than commercially available medications. The cost is determined by a number of factors such as the cost of ingredients, the equipment needed, and the time required to prepare the compounded drug. Compounding pharmacies have access to pharmaceutical grade quality chemicals that allow them to offer affordable solutions.
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Many doctors understand the benefits of compounding and regularly prescribe compounded medications to their patients. Still, We recommend that you speak to your doctor about compounded medications or contact us if you have any questions or need us to reach out to your doctor. We can work closely with your doctor to create unique solutions for you.
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A compounded medication may or may not be covered depending on your insurance plan. Our Patient Care Coordination team will make every effort to submit an electronic claim on your behalf to your insurance company in order to have it covered. If your insurance plan does not cover the compounded medication, you may be reimbursed by manually submitting a claim. Many insurance plans may cover the final cost.
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Compounding is a scientific art that requires compounding specific expertise and extensive knowledge on the standards that govern compounding. We recommend that the compounding pharmacy you choose:

  • Is accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB)
  • Is a compounding-only pharmacy
  • Has a robust Quality Assurance Program Extensively trains and certifies compounding pharmacists and compounding pharmacy technicians
  • Provides exceptional customer service!

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Yes. Akina Pharmacy has successfully passed the demanding national accreditation process of the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) administered by ACHC for sterile and non-sterile compounding. All pharmacies are licensed to compound medications, however PCAB-certified pharmacies have gone above and beyond to demonstrate a devout dedication to quality assurance, quality control, quality improvement. A comprehensive evaluation of the entire pharmacy and personnel by an authorized ACHC agent reviews and validates some of the following:

  • Compliance with USP <797> guidelines for sterile compounding and with USP <795> for non-sterile compounding
  • Assessment of pharmacy’s procedures for properly training all staff and maintaining staff competency through routine training and testing
  • Only pharmaceutical grade ingredients sourced from FDA registered facilities are used in preparing all compounds
  • Independent lab testing is conducted on a regular basis to test for potency and appropriate beyond use dating
  • Independent lab testing is conducted to test the sterility of all sterile preparations
  • All equipment is routinely calibrated and tested by a third party agency
  • Viable air sampling is conducted biannually by a qualified operator
  • Surface sampling and air quality for compounding area, ante room, and clean room checked biannually by a qualified operator

Yes. Akina Pharmacy employs a dedicated Quality Assurance Program Director who has a support staff to ensure internal auditing. The team is also responsible for proactively initiating improvements to all of our quality assurance policies and procedures.

Every single team member is certified as a pharmacy compounding technician and is extensively trained internally and externally on non sterile compounding techniques and nationally accepted aseptic compounding techniques. All compounding technicians are mandated to pass initial training and testing and also biannual testing to maintain competency. Training and testing is documented for every single Akina Pharmacy team member.

Akina Pharmacy has contracted a third-party analytical lab to conduct sterility, endotoxin, and potency testing on compounded medications in accordance with USP <71> Sterility Test and USP <85> Bacterial Endotoxin.
What other measures does Akina Pharmacy take to ensure the quality of service and the quality of compounded medications?
Akina Pharmacy far exceeds the guidelines of USP <797> And USP <795> in an effort to exceed the expectations of patients and providers. We also have systems, procedures and processes in place, such as:

  • ADR reporting system with an ability to analyze trends and implement a corrective action plan if necessary
  • Formal Drug Recall System
  • Biannual reviews of Standard Operating Procedures
  • Certificate of Analysis is obtained for every chemical received by the pharmacy
  • Mandatory continuing education for all team members on the latest compounding trends and procedures
  • Formal Customer Incident Management systems consisting of a formal investigation of
    the incident and a corrective/preventative action plan