With the passage of the Compounding Quality Act, Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013 FDA defined two categories of compounding pharmacies: 503A and 503B.
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FDA anticipates that state boards of pharmacy will continue their oversight and regulation of the practice of pharmacy, including traditional pharmacy compounding under 503A. These pharmacies are exempt from the following sections of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA):
The Act creates a new section 503B in the FDCA by which a pharmacist can register the pharmacy as an “outsourcing facility”. Under the Act, outsourcing facilities register with, and are regulated and inspected by FDA. The benefits of registering as an outsourcing facility is that these facilities are not constrained by shipping restrictions and may compound drugs without obtaining an individual prescription for each drug. A comparison of 503A and 503B can be found here.
An outsourcing facility will be able to qualify for exemptions from the FDA approval requirements and the requirement to label products with adequate directions for use, but not the exemption from CGMP requirements. Outsourcing facilities:
While there are obvious financial benefits to registering as a 503B facility, operating under cGMP is a new regulatory landscape that most pharmacists have never dealt with. Thus they may not be aware of the regulatory requirements, the interpretation of the regulations, and how to prepare for the initial FDA inspection. As listed on the FDA website, over 119 503B facilities received a Form 483 indicating conditions that in the judgement of the inspector may constitute violations of the Food Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act . Additionally, many pharmacies were not designed, qualified, or maintained to meet the cGMPs for finished pharmaceuticals and present an inspection observation just waiting to happen.
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