When "Just Ok" is Not Good Enough...

If one of us average folks ran a marathon but stopped at mile 20,
"just ok” might be good enough. 

If your Mom knitted you a sweater and she had never knitted before,
“just ok” would be good enough.

If your 5 year old son made you a birthday card and misspelled a word,
“just ok” would be perfect.

When a facility is making medication customized exclusively for you, “just ok” is not good enough.

It is crucial that you choose a PCAB Accredited® compounding pharmacy as there is a significant difference between a PCAB® Accredited compounding pharmacy and a pharmacy that compounds. While all compounding pharmacies are regulated by the State Board of Pharmacy, accreditation is an even more comprehensive way to ensure the compounding pharmacy meets the highest quality and safety standards in the industry.

PCAB accreditation means the pharmacy has independent, outside validation that it meets nationally accepted quality assurance, quality control, and quality improvement standards. Less than 1% of all pharmacies hold this prestigious accreditation.

Finally, while all of us love to “get a deal”, please remember that the quality of your medication cannot be compromised and the rigorous standards met by a PCAB Accredited® pharmacy can increase its overhead.

Think of it this way, if you’re looking to save a couple bucks this fall, you won’t have to buy a new sweater…you will have the one Mom knitted you to wear.

For more information on the PCAB Accreditation process, please visit www.pcab.org

Take-Home Messages:
• Patients always have the right to choose their pharmacy.
• Have your medications made by a PCAB Accredited® compounding pharmacy.
• If possible, go to the pharmacy for an onsite visit.
• Less than 1% of all pharmacies are PCAB Accredited®.
• Cost is always a factor, but should not be the deciding factor.

Posted: 7/30/2012 12:00:00 AM by Lavita Admin | with 0 comments

Compounding is For Everyone...Even Bijou the Cat

“My cat Bijou won’t take her omeprazole.”             
- Don’t worry we can put it in capsule for her.

“My son can’t swallow a pill.”
        - We will put in a lollipop for him: What’s his favorite  flavor?

“My mother is allergic to an ingredient in her       prescribed maintenance medication.”
- With Dr. approval, we can simply leave that ingredient out.

“My teenage daughter injured her knee but I don’t want her taking prescription pain pills”.

     - Her Dr. can prescribe a pain medication that is rubbed into the skin without risk of stomach upset or addiction.

“I have acne and spironolactone works for me…but I don’t want to take it orally”.
Our VCS Acne Gel contains spironolactone and is applied directly to the skin.

These are just a few real life scenarios where a compounding pharmacy can provide patients and prescribers effective solutions.  Over 200 years ago, compounding was pharmacy in America, and the history of compounding can be traced back to the Egyptians!

Compounding is the traditional art of preparing medications to meet a patient’s specific needs. Since the beginning of the pharmacy profession, medications have been custom prepared; only in the last few decades have mass-produced manufactured products become the primary source of medications.

After all, we are not a “one size fits all” society. Dr. Jay Cohen of Del Mar recently stated, “When drug companies recommend the same dosages to Nancy Reagan and Shaquille O’Neil, you know something is wrong.” Doctor: Medical profession needs dose of sanity in drug prescribing. The Union Tribune, Local Section, July 16, 2012 by Fred Dickey.
We like to think of compounded medications like a custom made suit or the wedding cake you designed for your special day…it is made exclusively for you (or for Bijou the cat).
Take-Home Messages:
• Remember we are not a “one size fits all” society.
• Ask your compounding pharmacy if they are PCAB Accredited®.
• If possible go to the pharmacy for an “on site” visit.
• Patients ALWAYS have a right to choose their compounding pharmacy.
• Ask your compounding pharmacy is they accept insurance and if they don’t make a few calls to find one that does.
Posted: 7/23/2012 1:59:36 PM by Lavita Admin | with 0 comments

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