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Compounding Pharmacy Safety: Dr. Paul Savage Published in IMJC Post #Meningitis Outbreak
Date:11/2/2012

CHICAGO, Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Integrative Medicine Journal published a commentary today by Ageology's CEO Dr. Paul Savage detailing Compounding Pharmacy Safety for doctors, patients and pharmacies. In his article, Ensuring the Safety of Compounded Products: Best Clinician Practices and an Existing Solution, Dr. Savage details best clinical practices and on how consumers can take precautions to ensure the compounding pharmacies they use are safe.

Considering only 163 of the 7,000 compounding pharmacies have Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) accreditation - Dr. Paul Savage offers this advice to men and women: Know your doctor and make sure they research the compounding pharmacies they are using. Like many physicians, Dr. Savage writes prescriptions daily that require a compounding pharmacy.

"Compounding pharmacies are a necessity to the healthcare system, and with the recent news, there are steps that ought to be taken from patient to physician to pharmacy," said Dr. Savage.

Tragedy struck hundreds after injectable steroids produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) were found to be contaminated. The Centers for Disease Control has reported 338 patients diagnosed with fungal meningitis, a potentially life-threatening infection, as of November 2, 2012. Twenty-eight have died.

Should consumers avoid compounded medicines?
Dr. Savage, CEO of an integrative age management physician network in Chicago, has used compounded medications in his practice daily for the past 25 years.

"Physicians understand that medications have risks and benefits, including unwanted and potentially dangerous side effects. But most physicians assume that medications ordered for patients
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