Since Clint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1987, the company has been committed to maintaining the highest standard of compliance, safety, and service for its thousands of business customers. Clint maintains a policy of only stocking FDA-approved pharmaceutical products and has consistently avoided the use of compound products or other indirectly sourced medical products.
To provide assurance to our customers, Clint Pharmaceuticals has obtained accreditation via the National Boards of Pharmacy's VAWD® (Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributors) program. The VAWD® program provides assurance that the wholesale distribution facility operates legitimately, is validly licensed in good standing, and is employing security and best practices for safely distributing prescription drugs from manufacturers to pharmacies and other institutions. Applicants for VAWD accreditation undergo a criteria compliance review, licensure verification, an inspection, background checks, and screening through the National Association Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Clearinghouse.
VAWD® accreditation by NABP certifies that Clint Pharmaceuticals, Inc.: a) has been independently audited to verify compliance with state and federal laws; b) has been independently reviewed and audited to meet VAWD® requirements in seven key areas: licensure; facility; personnel; record keeping; authentication and verification; returned, damaged, and outdated drugs; and policies and procedures; c) maintains best practices for safely distributing prescription drugs from manufacturer to practitioner or health care facility; and d) maintains best practices for drug and device security.
At Clint Pharmaceuticals, providing a high level of service and reliability for our customers has been the hallmark of our continued success. VAWD® accreditation provides additional assurance that we strive to deliver pharmaceutical products to our customers with the highest degree of safety and security.
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy is the independent, international, and impartial association that assists its member boards and jurisdictions in developing, implementing, and enforcing uniform standards for the purpose of protecting the public health. Please click the VAWD® logo located in the left column for more information about NABP and VAWD®.
VAWD® was established in 2004 to help protect the public from the threat of counterfeit drugs affecting the US drug supply. NABP began developing VAWD® after the FDA requested that the Association update its Model Rules for the Licensure of Wholesale Distributors, which is part of the Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Members of the resulting NABP Task Force on Counterfeit Drugs and Wholesale Distributors, held in October 2003, revised the Model Rules and proposed the creation of an accreditation program and clearinghouse for wholesale distributors—a plan that was immediately supported by the FDA to further combat counterfeit drug trafficking.
To earn VAWD® accreditation, the wholesale distributor facility must be legitimate, validly licensed in good standing, and employing security and best practices for safely distributing prescription drugs from manufacturers to pharmacies and other institutions. VAWD® applicants will undergo a vigorous compliance review including an on-site examination of the wholesale distributor facility as well as criminal background checks for designated representatives and other responsible persons and screening through NABP's National Clearinghouse of Licensure, Certification, and Accreditation. Wholesale distributors' eligibility for VAWD® accreditation is judged in seven key areas: licensure; facility; personnel; record keeping; authentication and verification; returned, damaged, and outdated drugs; and policies and procedures. NABP, through the VAWD® program, has developed an accreditation and audit process to maintain the integrity of the US drug distribution system. In addition to the initial on-site survey required for accreditation, trained NABP surveyors will perform resurveys of accredited sites to ensure they qualify for renewal of accreditation.
It is only after successfully completing the application, verification, and site visit process that a wholesale distributor facility is awarded VAWD® accreditation. Once a facility becomes accredited, an annual review and reaccreditation process will be conducted. Random site visits are projected for one-third of the VAWD®-accredited facilities each year, with all wholesale distributors being visited once every three years to ensure they continue to meet VAWD® criteria.
"The VAWD® accreditation program is the only one of its kind offering assurances concerning the practices and legitimacy of wholesale distributors," says NABP Oren M. Peacock, Jr, RPh. "No other program provides the overarching coverage of as many areas as VAWD®, or does so as thoroughly. NABP addresses wholesale distributor practice criteria as defined by state and federal regulators, pharmacists, manufacturers, and wholesale distributors themselves. We accredit wholesale distributors based upon licensure verification, continuous compliance, and onsite surveys. Based on the criteria, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, pharmacies, and practitioners need only look for VAWD® accreditation to be assured of legitimate wholesale distributors and professional practices in the distribution of prescription drugs."