Sometimes it takes more than just a spoonful of sugar to get the medicine down, which is where the Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy comes in.
"Our prescriptions are all customized to each patient's needs," said Regina Jaquess, pharmacist and owner. "The whole goal is to provide the right amount of medication to the right site — whether it's topical or oral — with as few of side effects as possible."
Pharmacists at ECCP go a bit beyond the average retail pharmacy and work alongside your physician to customize a medicine that fits all your needs.
"We're a triage — the patient, physician and us. The way it should be,"
"The pharmacy and doctor are on one side," added office manager, and
Whether you have an allergy or you'd prefer medicine in a topical cream, ECCP can customize your prescription exactly how you'd like.
"If a patient is in pain, instead of taking an oral ibuprofen, we can make a topical cream to avoid systemic side effects such as stomach ulcers,"
The pharmacy also provides customized prescriptions for children and pets to make medicine not only tastier, but safer. If you can't get your child to swallow a pill, try making it in a lollipop flavor, if your cat is too smart to have medicine hidden in his or her food, try making it in a transdermal gel, which is administered in the ear.
"Renee's Dalmatian had bladder stones and wouldn't take his medicine," recalled
The application for compounding medications is endless, but Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy has seen a need daily for customized hormone and thyroid replacement therapy, dermatology and pain management.
"Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is where you definitely want to customize because everyone is different,"
While the idea of customized medicine seems cutting edge, it actually stems for the early history of pharmaceuticals.
"This is how it started,"
Over time, the process has become more technologically advanced.
While the Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy is one of the few in the local region, the trend is starting to pick up. As a professional water skier,
"It's picking up. They're everywhere in the West Coast,"
Being able to care for the community has been a great adventure,
"I really enjoy helping people who are trying to be proactive in their health," she said. "And I look forward to helping everyone I can in the community."
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