Letourneau’s Pharmacy of Andover was recently accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board for non-sterile compounding.
The process of accreditation spanned a full year, according to Alicia Picard, pharmacist for compounding and vaccinations at Letourneau. The pharmacy applied for the accreditation and its staff perfected its standard operating procedures, according to Picard. Following a day-long, pre-announced inspection, the pharmacy was accredited.
Letourneau’s emphasizes quality control in its procedures, Picard said in a release. These checks include testing its capsules to make sure they dissolve properly and testing the concentrations in the drugs for accuracy.
The role of the accreditation board is to promote, develop, and maintain principles, policies and standards for improving the quality of pharmacy compounding nationwide.
“Compounding is under more scrutiny now,” Picard said in the statement. “We do everything by the books, and we wanted the validation.”
Founded in 1926, Letourneau’s Pharmacy, located at 349 North Main St., is owned by Shawn and Cindy McKallagat. The pharmacy employs many members of the McKallagat family, including Shawn McKallagat’s son, Dan, front store director of operations. Dan McKallagat’s wife, Melyssa, and Cindy McKallagat’s sister, Pam Daggett, work in the billing office; and Daggett’s daughter, Meg, is the front store weekend clerk.
While Letourneau’s fills standard prescriptions, the pharmacy specializes in compounding medicines such as veterinary drugs, liquid medicine for young children, suppositories, hormone replacement therapy and topical creams. Letourneau’s also sells and rents durable medical equipment, including hospital beds, wheelchairs, home-adaptive equipment, compression therapy and more.
Letourneau’s Pharmacy is a member of the Massachusetts Independent Pharmacists Association. Call 978-475-7779 or visit www.letourneaus.net for more information.