PCAB Accreditation

PCAB Accreditation demonstrates that Sierra Compounding Pharmacy meets the highest quality and safety standards in the pharmacy profession.


Compounding medications is an integral part of the practice of pharmacy and the demand for these customized medications is increasing every year. Yet many people may not even be aware of its role. Compounded medications are prescriptions that are written by physicians, veterinarians and other legally authorized prescribers and prepared for an individual patient by a specially trained pharmacist. Examples of compounded prescriptions are:

  • When a child needs a smaller dose of a medicine that is only commercially manufactured in adult-size doses.
  • When a person cannot tolerate the inactive ingredients (such as gluten or sugar) in manufactured medicines.
  • When a doctor believes a medicine is needed for his or her patient, but a manufacturer has discontinued the medicine for economic reasons.

Many pharmacies practice a small degree of compounding, while others specialize in the centuries-old practice.

"We are honored by this PCAB accreditation. It confirms our commitment to providing safe, personalized solutions that meet the medical needs of our patients – and the needs of the healthcare providers in our community who rely on us for these specialized medicines,” said David Vasenden, Registered Pharmacist / Owner. “We believe this will further strengthen the bond of trust between our pharmacy and the Reno / Sparks community.”
- David Vasenden RPh / Owner

With the high volume of prescriptions that are compounded each year, there has been a need for an enhanced, profession-wide system of standards by which each compounding pharmacy can test its quality processes. While compounding pharmacy is regulated by the state, PCAB Accreditation is an even more comprehensive way to ensure a compounding pharmacy is meeting the highest quality and safety standards.

To earn PCAB Accreditation, Sierra Compounding Pharmacy completed an extensive application, documented written policies and provided an analysis of quality procedures that was reviewed by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board and some of the leading figures in the field of compounding. Next, Sierra Compounding Pharmacy opened their doors for an extensive on-site inspection led by compounding experts. Only when these stringent evaluations were completed did the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board officially grant Sierra Compounding Pharmacy the PCAB Seal of Accreditation and the right to use the designation “PCAB Accredited™ compounding pharmacy.”

“Sierra Compounding Pharmacy's PCAB Accreditation status and designation as a PCAB Accredited™ compounding pharmacy lets the public know that Sierra Compounding Pharmacy ranks among the best for quality and safety,” said David Vasenden, Registered Pharmacist / Owner. “The PCAB Seal of Accreditation shows our dedication to protecting our patients by practicing safe, high-quality compounding.”
- David Vasenden RPh / Owner