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Apr 22, 2016

ACHC/PCAB join with VGM, Attentus to discuss newest standards for compounding pharmacies

Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB), a service of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), along with Attentus Medical Sales, Inc., a pharmacy and medical products manufacturer, and VGM and Associates, a member services organization serving the home medical equipment industry, today announced plans to host a series of free webinars to discuss the implications of recently-released hazardous drug safety standards by the United States Pharmacopeia convention, USP 800.

"The pharmacy compounding industry is undergoing some significant regulatory changes," said José Domingos, ACHC CEO, referring specifically to the newly-released USP 800 as well as revisions to the existing standard for sterile compounding, USP 797. "I applaud Attentus and VGM for coming forward to recognize the need and support the information needs of compounding pharmacies."

"Our home infusion and compounding pharmacies are under continuous regulatory and pricing pressures today so they are asking for direct answers and solutions for these changes to USP 800," said Tom Tucker V.P. Sales and Marketing, Attentus Medical Sales. "We see these webinars as a way to help our pharmacies break down these changes to manageable tasks."

"VGM seeks out solutions to address challenges that its membership faces," said Frank Geiger, VGM Director Home Infusion. "USP 800 is going to be a complex change in the way business is conducted. VGM will take a leadership role in making sure our members have the information and support they need to be successful."

The schedule for the webinars is as follows:

  •     May 3rd – 4:00 PM EST    (Sterile)
  •     May 5th – 4:00 PM EST    (Non-Sterile)
  •     May 9th – 1:00 PM EST     (Non-Sterile)
  •     May 10th – 4:00 PM EST (Sterile)

Interested parties can find more information and register for these webinars at:

As a leading accreditation organization, ACHC is committed to providing educational resources that facilitate continuous compliance. Through its educational division, Accreditation University, ACHC offers a range of resources designed to help pharmacies achieve and maintain compliance including workbooks, workshops, and compliance checklists as well as customized consulting options.

ACHC is a non-profit accreditation organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. The organization has CMS Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice, and DMEPOS and a Quality Management System that is certified to ISO 9001:2008. ACHC is the provider's choice for accreditation because of its personal Accreditation Advisors, relevant and realistic standards, competitive pricing, and a friendly, consultative approach to accreditation. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization's dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care. As a service of ACHC, PCAB is the currently the only comprehensive accreditation solution for compounding pharmacies wishing to demonstrate compliance with USP standards.

For more information on ACHC's accreditation programs, or to download ACHC accreditation standards, please visit or contact them at or 855-937-2242.

VGM Home Infusion is powered by the VGM Group, Inc., a national leader in providing business solutions for diverse industries including health care, insurance and golf. VGM provides a complete line of business solutions and purchasing contracts to more than 25,000 companies throughout the United States and Canada. From group purchasing contracts to continuing education; from audit, appeals and medical review consultation to market data, patient referrals and marketing services, VGM Home Infusion can help members grow revenue, manage expenses and remain compliant.

Attentus Medical Sales, Inc, based in Houston TX, is a leading nationwide manufacturer and distributor of medical products specializing in cold chain packaging, USP 797 & USP 800 compliance products, infusion pumps and supplies, back packs and fanny packs for portable infusion pumps, and various other medical supplies. Attentus Medical services the compounding pharmacy, home infusion, specialty pharmacy, and HME markets. Founded in 2003, Attentus has experienced tremendous growth every year with a continuous focus on developing solutions for our customer's ever changing needs in this dynamic marketplace. We strive to provide the highest levels of personal attention and consideration to the client. Each client will have a dedicated sales rep and customer service rep as well as have their phone call answered by a live person every time. We are dedicated to providing a high level service and the consultative support for all your business needs.