Compounding community care: Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy offers new approach to medicine

Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 04:47 PM.

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 Regina . "So I flavored it with bacon and chicken. The next day, her dog opened his mouth when we brought the syringe out." 

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," Regina said.

While the idea of customized medicine seems cutting edge, it actually stems for the early history of pharmaceuticals.

"This is how it started," Regina explains. "Pharmacists used to create concoctions using herbs."

Over time, the process has become more technologically advanced. Regina earned her doctor of pharmacy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2009 and took additional courses through the Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA).

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