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Northwest Compounders Director of Sterile Operations Achieves Board Certification in Sterile Compounding

Northwest Compounders is excited to highlight a recent achievement of our Director of Sterile Operations, Sam Llona, PharmD, BCSCP. Sam was just awarded a board certification in sterile compounding from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Achieving board certification in sterile compounding signifies a commitment to excellence and proficiency in this vital healthcare discipline. The meticulous nature of sterile compounding demands adherence to stringent guidelines to ensure that sterile compounded medications meet strict standards for integrity, purity, and safety.

Here are some of the reasons why Northwest Compounders values Sam’s achievement and why we think all pharmacists who oversee sterile operations for their pharmacy should consider board certification in sterile compounding:

Upholding Patient Safety

The primary objective in sterile compounding is to maximize patient safety. Medications prepared under sterile conditions are often administered directly into the bloodstream or other sterile sites, leaving no margin for error. Board certification ensures that practitioners have undergone rigorous training and assessment in sterile compounding practices, including a thorough understanding of aseptic techniques, contamination prevention, and proper medication handling. This competence directly translates into reduced risks of infections, adverse reactions, and other complications for patients, thereby upholding the highest standards of care.

Meeting Regulatory Standards

Healthcare regulations and standards are designed to safeguard patients and ensure consistency in healthcare practices. Board certification in sterile compounding aligns practitioners with these regulatory requirements, which may vary by state and/or organization. By obtaining certification in sterile compounding, pharmacists demonstrate their competence in complying with industry guidelines such as USP <797> and <800>, which govern sterile compounding procedures and hazardous drug handling. Compliance with these standards not only enhances patient safety but also ensures pharmacy staff safety and mitigates legal and regulatory risks for healthcare facilities and practitioners.

Enhancing Professional Credibility

Board certification serves as a hallmark of professionalism and competence in the healthcare industry. It signifies that practitioners have undergone specialized training, passed rigorous examinations, and maintained ongoing education to stay abreast of advancements in sterile compounding practices. This credential enhances professional credibility and instills confidence among colleagues, employers, and patients alike.

Demonstrating Commitment to Patient Care

Most importantly, achieving board certification in sterile compounding demonstrates a profound commitment to patient care. Pharmacists who pursue certification prioritize the well-being and safety of their patients above all else. They understand the critical role that accurate and sterile medication preparation plays in patient outcomes and are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of practice. This dedication not only enhances patient trust and satisfaction but also reinforces the integrity of the healthcare profession as a whole.

In conclusion, board certification in sterile compounding is not merely a professional credential but a testament to a practitioner’s dedication to excellence, patient safety, and regulatory compliance. It signifies proficiency in a specialized area of healthcare that demands precision and adherence to strict guidelines. By achieving certification, professionals enhance their career opportunities, contribute to continuous improvement in healthcare practices, and most importantly, ensure the highest standards of care for the patients they serve. Investing in board certification in sterile compounding is not just an investment in one’s career but also in the health and well-being of those who rely on safe and effective medication therapies.

William Kenward, CPhT

project manager

Team member since 2015

Chris Gralian, CPhT

Quality Control Lead

Team member since 2019

Rose Hood, CPhT

Quality Control Lead

Team member since 2016

Matthew Peterson, CPhT

Quality Control Lead

Team member since 2016

Helen Dubintsov, CPhT

Quality Control Lead

Team member since 2016

Shannon Kimball, PharmD

Compounding Pharmacist

Doctor of Pharmacy, Pacific University 2022

B.S. Biohealth Science, Oregon State University 2019

Team member since 2018

Mark Liu, PharmD

Compounding Pharmacist

Doctor of Pharmacy, Oregon State University 2005

BA Biology, Reed College 1998

12 years of retail experience

Team member since January 2017

Jill Snyder, RPh

Compounding Pharmacist

B.S. Pharm. 1994 Oregon State University

5 years of retail pharmacy experience

17 years of long-term care experience

Certificate in Veterinary Pharmacy, 2016

Team member since May 2016

Scott Williams, RPh

Compounding Pharmacist

B.S. Pharm. 1992 Oregon State University

24 years of experience in Retail Pharmacy

Team member since November 2015

Certificates in CPR, Diabetes Management, Immunization, Cholesterol Management and Medication Therapy Management

Bob Templin, RPh

Director of Training

B.S. Pharm. 1976 Oregon State University

Certificate in Veterinary Pharmacy, 2019

Over 37 years of pharmacy experience

Over 33 years as a Pharmacy Manager

Team member since February 2013

Megan Gustafson, PharmD

Director of Training

Doctor of Pharmacy, Oregon State University 2021

B.S. Bio-Health Sciences, Oregon State University 2017

Team member since 2016

Sam Llona, PharmD

Director of Sterile Operations

Doctor of Pharmacy, Creighton University 2019

B.S. Biology, Santa Clara University

Certificate in Aseptic Compounding, PCCA 2014

Certificate in Human Compounding, PCCA, 2016

Certificate in Veterinary Compounding, PCCA, 2017

Team member since September 2019

Vivian Pham, PharmD

Senior Operations Manager,
Director of Accounting

Doctor of Pharmacy, Oregon State University 2016

Has worked as a technician, bookkeeper, pharmacy intern and now pharmacist for Northwest Compounders

Team member since May 2008

Jessie Vo, PharmD

Pharmacy Manager,
Director of Quality Assurance

Doctor of Pharmacy, Pacific University 2011

Preceptor for Pacific University SOP, Oregon State SOP

Team member since January 2006

Luke Eilers, PharmD

Chief Executive Officer

Doctor of Pharmacy, Pacific University 2014

B.S. General Science, Oregon State University 2011

Certificate in Veterinary Pharmacy, 2018

Certificate in Basic Compounding, PCCA 2014

Certificate in Aseptic Compounding, PCCA 2014

Preceptor for Pacific University SOP, Oregon State SOP

Team member since October 2005

Tom Eilers, RPh

Founder, Chairman

B.S. Pharm. 1976 Oregon State University

Founder, Northwest Compounders 2005

Member, International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists

Member, PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America)

Certificate in Basic Compounding Techniques, PCCA, 2001

Certificate in Aseptic Compounding, PCCA 2005

Preceptor for Pacific University SOP, Oregon State SOP, Washington State SOP

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