CPPA Publishes Revised Specialty Pharmacy Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA), a partnership of pharmacy-based organizations, has published revised Specialty Pharmacy Practice Standards.

This is the third version of the CPPA Specialty Pharmacy Practice Standards, and includes clarifying language for standards requirements and several new required and goal standards. The revisions also reflect updates and pharmacy practice advancements in Appendix A: Minimum Requirements for Patient Case Management Protocols. These requirements include initiation requirements, refill requirements, and outcomes measures suggestions.

The development of a standards-based accreditation process is critical for continuous quality improvement, consistency, and to ensure medication safety and effectiveness. CPPA Specialty Pharmacy Practice Standards are designed to create a consensus around the practice of specialty pharmacy and guide the accreditation process.

The first version of the CPPA Specialty Pharmacy Practice Standards was published in January 2015, and the second version, with one addition to the standards, was published in January 2016. “Specialty pharmacy practice has evolved significantly,” said CPPA Chairman and American Pharmacists Association Executive Vice President and CEO Thomas E. Menighan, BSPharm, MBA, ScD (Hon), FAPhA. “CPPA’s expert panel conducted a full evaluation of our standards in order to reflect contemporary and future practices of specialty pharmacy and national quality initiatives. We are grateful to these talented experts for their contributions. Any plan or payer would be well served to include CPPA-accredited pharmacies in their networks.”

A subcommittee of the CPPA Accreditation Committee that included specialty pharmacy experts was formed to revise the standards, along with input from clinical pharmacy experts.  

CPPA defines specialty pharmacy practice as a pharmacy practice created to:

  • manage the medication access and handling requirements of specialty pharmaceuticals, including dispensing and distribution, and
  • provide clinical management services for patients with chronic, serious, life-threatening, and/or rare disease or conditions receiving specialty medications aimed toward achieving the desired patient therapeutic and economic outcomes.

For more information about the CPPA accreditation process, which includes adhering to the specified standards, visit www.pharmacypracticeaccredit.org.

About CPPA

The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) is a nonprofit organization established in 2012 through a partnership of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) to recognize pharmacy practices for providing patient care services that improve health outcomes and contribute to lower health care costs. The CPPA mission, unique among accreditors, is to raise the level of pharmacy-delivered patient care services through accreditation and, thus, serve the public health. These three organizations saw a need to establish standards to meet the public’s need for specific, predictable, and measurable pharmacist clinical services across the medication use continuum.