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New Survey Affirms Compounding Pharmacies' Vital Role in Public Health
Date:11/13/2012

tion of their pharmacy practice (five percent or less).
  • Almost three out of four compounding pharmacists (72 percent) only provide non-sterile medications.
  • Despite the fact that traditional compounding only represents a fraction of their business, 70 percent of pharmacists report participating in ongoing training/educational courses related to compounding techniques. This training is in addition to any continuing education that may be required to sustain one's license as a pharmacist.
  • "Pharmacists are appalled by the reported actions of the rogue drug manufacturer at the center of the tragic, nationwide meningitis outbreak," Hoey added. "It purported to be a pharmacy, but its actions told another story. It's disappointing that regulators did not act sooner to prevent patient suffering."

    The survey also recorded the following accounts of pharmacists to address patient needs through traditional pharmacy compounding:

    • We had a pediatric hospice patient with pulmonary hypertension. We compounded a sildenafil prescription that saved hospice thousands of dollars per month and made the suspension palatable for the child.
    • A local Veterans Affairs hospital was completely out of potassium chloride and morphine injections. Neither of these was available commercially. We saved them with emergency supplies until the manufacturer had them back in stock.
    • We had a pediatric patient with Menkes Syndrome which is 100% fatal. We supplied Copper injection which lengthened the baby's life and reduced discomfort. It also allowed the mother and father time to bond and ultimately say goodbye in their own spiritual way. They could not thank us enough.
    • We have a cystic fibrosis patient who would not be alive today without the compound we make for him.
    • We have a patient who cannot swallow properly so all his medications must be made into liquids. Tablets/Capsules get lodg
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    SOURCE National Community Pharmacists Association
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