CPPA launches specialty pharmacy accreditation program

The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) announced on January 20 the launch of a new accreditation program for specialty pharmacy practices.

The specialty pharmacy accreditation program, which CPPA announced it was developing in October 2013, is the second new accreditation program from CPPA. Last year, CPPA launched a program to accredit outpatient pharmacy practices in community, hospital, health systems, and clinics. CPPA’s consensus-based standards for community pharmacy practice were approved in 2013.

CPPA said the size and scope of specialty pharmacy is growing rapidly. In addition, specialty medications require ongoing clinical monitoring, special handling, and patient education.

“Specialty pharmacy practice involves a great deal of complex and high-cost patient care,” said Lynnae Mahaney, BSPharm, MBA, FASHP, CPPA Executive Director. “A pharmacy practice that is undergoing the CPPA specialty accreditation process has shown a commitment to the highest level of pharmacy care and cost-effective outcomes for patients receiving specialty medications, which distinguishes that practice within the health care system.”

CPPA defines a specialty pharmacy practice as one that both manages the medication access and handling requirements of specialty pharmaceuticals, including dispensing and distribution, as well as provides clinical management services for patients with chronic, serious, life-threatening, and rare diseases who receive specialty medications.

CPPA was formed in 2011 as a pharmacy practice accreditation body to ensure pharmacists are involved in shaping the direction of standards for pharmacy practice and accreditation programs.

CPPA is accepting applications for the voluntary Specialty Pharmacy Practice Accreditation Program. The application is available at http://pharmacypracticeaccredit.org.