Pharmacy Practice Tools

Need a presentation for your civic club or a local school? Searching for a link to the latest laws affecting your practice? What about a MedGuide to dispense to your patients on anti-depressants?

Pharmacy Practice Tools is the go to section of the NCPA Web site that will help you keep up to date with the latest resources you and your staff need to serve patients and practice efficiently every day.

Compounding Tools & Resources

The American College of Apothecaries was founded on May 9, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia. In 1978, the Research & Education Foundation was established, and in 1998 the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists began. The existence of these three separate entities allows for the provision of numerous benefits to the Fellowship and the profession. Our Research & Education Resource Center was founded in 1998 in Bartlett, Tennessee.

The mission of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) is to protect, promote and advance the art and science of pharmacy compounding. IACP is the recognized authority for information, expertise, and practice standards with regard to pharmacy compounding.

MEDISCA is an industry leader in the repackaging and distribution of pharmaceutical compounding supplies. We are committed to providing the highest quality Fine Chemicals and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), Bases, Devices, Equipment, Oils, Flavors and Colorings. MEDISCA was founded in 1989 and has offices in Montreal, QC and Richmond, BC in Canada; Plattsburgh, NY, Las Vegas, NV and Irving, TX in the U.S. Our buyers are active throughout the world sourcing and securing first quality products that conform to the latest editions of USP, BP and EP and other compendial pharmacopeias. We are dedicated to meeting the highest customer service standards for clients located across North and South America, Australia and Asia. To further meet your needs, Certificates of Analysis (CofA), Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and Technical Specifications are available for all fine chemicals and APIs online or upon request. MEDISCA NETWORK is dedicated to offering the compounding community the corner stone elements for the growth and establishment of a successful compounding practice through our various training activities and technical support services.

What is the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) and what is its mission? PCAB is a not-for-profit corporation formed by eight national pharmacy organizations that recognized the need for a national standards organization for compounding pharmacy. PCAB's mission is to organize and carryout a comprehensive program of voluntary accreditation in the practice of pharmacy compounding. The member organizations are:

The mission of the Professional Compounding Center of America (PCCA) is to strengthen the role, position and skills of member compounding pharmacists so they can meet the unique healthcare needs of patients through our exceptional service, highest-quality products, shared innovations and education. One patient. One physician. One pharmacist. A triad relationship with a common goal: achieving a positive therapeutic outcome for the patient. And in the midst of this relationship and this common goal is PCCA, the leader in pharmacy compounding since 1981.

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is the official public standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, and other healthcare products manufactured and sold in the United States. USP sets standards for the quality of these products and works with healthcare providers to help them reach the standards. USP's standards are also recognized and used in more than 130 countries. These standards have been helping to ensure good pharmaceutical care for people throughout the world for more than 185 years. USP is an independent, science-based public health organization. As a self-sustaining nonprofit organization, USP is funded through revenues from the sale of products and services that help to ensure good pharmaceutical care. USP's contributions to public health are enriched by the participation and oversight of volunteers representing pharmacy, medicine, and other healthcare professions as well as academia, government, the pharmaceutical industry, health plans, and consumer organizations.


Drugs@FDA provides one place where you can search for official information about FDA approved brand name and generic drugs. Drugs@FDA contains prescription and over-the-counter human drugs currently approved for sale in the United States as well as discontinued drugs.

FDA Drug Information Portal
Links to new drug approvals, consumer safety information, and more.

FDA Regulations
Guidance documents and regulatory information available from CDER

New Drugs — FDA New Drug Approvals

Office of Orphan Products Development
Promotes the development of products for the diagnosis and/or treatment of rare diseases or conditions.

The Orange Book
Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations.

Medication Guides (MedGuides)—MedGuides
FDA may require distribution of Medication Guides (MedGuides), FDA-approved patient information, for selected prescription drugs that pose a serious and significant public health concern. Medication Guides will be required if the FDA determines that one or more of the following circumstances exist:

  • if you are unable to order additional Medication Guides for a product from the manufacturer, notify FDA by reporting to MedWatch 1-800-332-1088 or Fax 1-800-FDA-0178 or online report form:
  • patient labeling could help prevent serious adverse effects
  • the drug product has serious risk(s) (relative to benefits) of which patients should be made aware because information concerning the risk(s) could affect patients' decision to use, or to continue to use, the product
  • the drug product is important to health and patient adherence to directions for use is crucial to the drug's effectiveness

Counterfeit Drug Information
Counterfeit drugs — illegal and inherently unsafe — are a growing public health problem. An FDA task force is working with other agencies and the private sector to help protect the nation's drug supply from the threat of counterfeits. FDA has found a great deal of pharmacist trust with the MedWatch program, and is encouraging pharmacists to report counterfeit drugs in the following ways:

  • For suspicious drugs, labels, packaging or cases from patients: Report suspect counterfeit, adulterated, misbranded or contraband drugs to Medwatch at
  • For suspicious offers or vendors: Contact FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations by email at, using as a guide the previously cited risk factors, or if you suspect that prescription drug diversion is taking place.
  • In all cases: Notify your state pharmacy regulatory board. A directory of boards is available here: Board of Pharmacy Web Sites PDF (42k)

Drug Shortages
Drug Shortages Email Alert: To receive e-mail notification of drug products added to the Current Drug Shortages, and Resolved Drug Shortages lists, visit the listserv and complete the Drug Shortages listserv form. Other drug shortage sites include the CDC National Immunization Program Shortages.


EPA Main Portal

EPA Updated News Links

EPA Regulations and Laws

EPA Waste Guidance


CDC News Updates
Check this new section for the latest important news from the CDC.

CDC Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response
Emergency Preparedness and Response; Agents, Diseases, & Other Threats.

CDC National Immunization Program
NIP provides consultation, training, educational, epidemiological, and technical services to assist in planning, developing, and implementing immunization programs.

Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work Campaign Information
Why does the CDC have an appropriate antibiotic use campaign? Antimicrobial resistance among respiratory pathogens has become a common clinical problem, and the association of resistance with the use of antimicrobial drugs has been documented in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The Institute of Medicine has identified antibiotic resistance as one of the key microbial threats to health in the United States and has listed decreasing the inappropriate use of antimicrobials as a primary solution to address this threat. For this reason, antibiotic resistance is among CDC's top concern.

CDC Pandemic Flu Preparedness
This site provides one-stop access to U.S. Government avian and pandemic flu information. Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Tobacco Intervention Program (TIPS)
Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, causing nearly 440,000 deaths each year and resulting in an annual cost of more than $75 billion in direct medical costs. This site offers Fact Sheets and access to The Guide to Community Preventive Services that addresses the effectiveness of community-based interventions for three strategies to promote tobacco use prevention and control: 1) prevent tobacco product use initiation, 2) increase cessation and 3) reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). See The Guide to Community Preventive Services.

State Information

American Association of Poison Control Centers Find Your Poison Center
If you have a poisoning emergency, call 800.222.1222. There are three ways to find out about Poison Centers in your area.

Provides comprehensive listing of practice standards and links to state boards of pharmacy.

Patient Safety

Safeguard My Meds
Government statistics show that 70 percent of people age 12 and older who abused prescription pain relievers say they got them from a friend or relative. Visit for tips and tools to help patients' keep medications out of the wrong hands. Safeguard My Meds is a free resource offered by the National Community Pharmacists Association and Purdue Pharma L.P.

FDA's New Drug Safety Initiative
FDA is launching a new program to make drug safety information available in an easily accessible format. The FDA believes that patients, their healthcare professionals, and other consumers will find the following information useful in their prescribing and treatment decisions. The following items are available:

National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)
NCPIE is a coalition of over 125 diverse organizations whose mission is to stimulate and improve communication of information on appropriate medicine use to consumers and healthcare professionals. Two out of every three visits to the doctor ends with a prescription being written. Over 3 billion prescriptions are dispensed yearly. While taking medicines is very common, it's not always easy to take them correctly. For nearly 25 years, NCPIE has been at the forefront in promoting information sharing among consumers, prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
The mission of ISMP is to understand the causes of medication errors and provide time-critical error-reduction strategies to the healthcare community, policy makers, and the public. The Institute has a long history of achievements. Its medication error prevention efforts began in 1975 with a groundbreaking and continuing column in Hospital Pharmacy that increases understanding and educates healthcare professionals and others about medication error prevention.

Partnership for Safe Medicines
The Partnership for Safe Medicines is a group of organizations and individuals that have policies, procedures, or programs to protect consumers from counterfeit or contraband medicines.

Medicines in My Home
Medicines in My Home program was born in Summer 2004 as a proposal to teach sixth grade students about the safe use of over-the-counter, or non-prescription, medicines. A major goals was to teach students how to find information about their medicine on the Drug Facts label and to give them information to share with their families.

Medication Use Safety Training
Site dedicated to medication safety for the senior population.

MedWatch email alerts provide timely safety information on human drugs, medical devices, vaccines, biologics, dietary supplements and cosmetics.


DEA/Department of Justice

Drug Enforcement Agency

DEA Pharmacist's Manual

U.S. Department of Justice

Meth Awareness

Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The Department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities.

National Diabetes Education Program
The National Diabetes Education Program is a federally-sponsored initiative that involves public and private partners to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. All their publications are copyright-free and they encourage duplication and distribution of as many copies of these materials as desired to patients and caregivers. Download NDEP Final Poster PDF (120k)

Disaster. It strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms—a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences.

National Institutes of Health
NIH is the nation's medical research agency—making important medical discoveries that improve health and save lives. NIH is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. It is currently composed of 27 centers and institutes. provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. The information provided on should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals. Before searching, you may want to learn more about clinical trials.

U.S. National Library of Medicine—Healthcare Professionals
What is the National Library of Medicine (NLM), what does it do, and what can it do for me? Answer: The National Library of Medicine (NLM): is the world's largest biomedical library; supports national network of local and regional medical libraries, as explained at

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

National Library of Medicine (NLM)/Medline Plus
MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

NLM Medline PubMed
PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of eight agencies that compose the Public Health Service (PHS) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

Other Useful Links

Pharmacy Quality Alliance
The Mission of the PQA is to:

  • Improve health care quality and patient safety through a collaborative process in which key stakeholders agree on a strategy for measuring performance at the pharmacy and pharmacist-levels
  • collecting data in the least burdensome way; and
  • report meaningful information to consumers, pharmacists, employers, health insurance plans, and other healthcare decision-makers to help make informed choices, improve outcomes and stimulate the development of new payment models.

Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT)
The purpose of the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) is to help ensure that a minimum knowledge base or competency is possessed by pharmacy technicians who assist pharmacists in the preparation of prescriptions. The ExCPT is nationally recognized by the National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as a psychometrically sound pharmacy technician certification exam.

Handouts and Presentations

Toll Free Number Reporting Frequently Asked Questions PDF (43k)

EPA Ban on CFCs Frequently Asked Questions PDF (27k)

National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) OTC Safety