At UPI, we have designed a quality management system that ensures implementation of key process controls for our pharmacy. This enables UPI to guarantee the Strength, Identification, Safety, Purity, and Quality of every compounding preparation and specialty compounding service. UPI’s policies and procedures reflect strict adherence to USP standards adopted and enforced by all State Boards of Pharmacy. Our entire system is monitored by state-of-the-art remote monitor sensors that transmit key data elements to a web-based environmental application that is reviewed and monitored 24/7. We are committed to continuous evaluation and improvement of all practices and our safety record clearly reflects success.
Specialized technical training is essential to ensure proper compounding. UPI’s continuing education requirements meet those required by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Not only are all pharmacists and technicians required to complete a one year internal training program on compounding and quality practices but are also required to achieve certification in aseptic techniques. UPI adheres to the principle that properly trained professionals produce consistent quality preparations that meet or exceed the expectations of our clients and their patients.
When it comes to compounding and specialty compounding preparations, all facets of UPI’s compounding process are continually evaluated for efficiency and patient safety. From facility hygiene to equipment maintenance and calibration, we have developed “in-process” inspections to ensure that our commitment to quality is never compromised. Our team is invited to offer procedural improvement ideas and are empowered to stop the preparation of any compound if they feel ingredient integrity has been compromised in any way.
At UPI, all ingredients are carefully identified and evaluated for purity prior to use (US Pharmacopeia Sterility (USP ) and Endotoxin (USP ) tests in conjunction with High-Performance Liquid Chromatographic (HPLC) evaluation for potency). We also contract with FDA registered independent testing facilities that provide next day results for all facility evaluations.
UPI’s determination of beyond-use-dating is verified by stability studies specific to concentration, diluents, and package type. Included in the evaluation are particulate inspection, pH stability, evaluation of API degradation profile, and determination of sterility over time.