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Compounding Success Stories

Compounding touches many lives.

Compounding is the art and science of creating personalized medicine. For patients, it can be life-changing, even lifesaving. It’s highly rewarding for pharmacists and practitioners as well, helping them solve some of health care’s toughest challenges.

And it makes for some really good stories. Stories of new beginnings and happier endings. Stories of strength, comfort and confidence. Stories of hope. Stories that illustrate just how powerful personalized medicine can be. You can see even more compounding success stories on www.ItsPersonal.net.

From Steven Branch, RPh, of Central Drug in Victoria, Texas

One of my favorite stories is about a five-year-old autistic boy who we helped. His mom came in the store frantic, asking for help, because he would not take his medicine. It was a fight each and every day for her.

I asked her what his main challenge was with taking the medicine, and she said texture and taste. Things have to have a certain feel in his mouth, and he likes lemon flavor – but just the right lemon flavor. So Jenny, my tech, and I went to work. It took several tries. I sat on the floor where I could be at eye level with him as we tried different versions. I cannot explain the feeling that came over me when we got it right. His whole demeanor immediately changed. His face brightened, his eyes sparkled and he just looked at me with this huge smile. It was great, and it still makes me cry five years later. (Source: PCCA Apothagram, March 2015)

From Leigh Ann Grasso, PharmD, of Annie’s Apothecary in Boerne, Texas

I have had great success with PCCA Formula #9957. Dentists and hygienists love this formula for pre-injection numbing. I’ve had requests to make the gel thicker and it’s worked well. We also have special requests to make it colorless or to add phenylephrine 2% to extend its duration of action (PCCA Formula #9849, Lidocaine HCl 10%/Phenylephrine HCl 2%/Prilocaine HCl 10%/Tetracaine HCl 4% Dental Gel).

The feedback from dentists is that the gel doesn’t cause tissue sloughing when it’s left on the skin too long like manufactured topical dental anesthetics do. The hygienists love it because their pediatric patients don’t feel the pain from the needle at all. (Source: PCCA Apothagram, January 2014)

From Leigh Ann Grasso, PharmD, of Annie’s Apothecary in Boerne, Texas

Below is a patient testimonial we received after providing the following compounded prescription: flurbiprofen 10%/ketamine 10%/gabapentin 6%/cyclobenzaprine 2%/bupivicaine 1% in PCCA Anhydrous Lipoderm®. The patient was directed to apply 1-3 grams three times daily for pain:

“I’m a 64-year-old wood craftsman who has been in the construction industry and fine furniture business long enough to know a thing or two about working with old injuries. I have many aches and pains that I manage on a daily basis; I often have neck, elbow and back pain, but it’s endurable. I have an old knee problem that I’m awaiting surgery for. And the pain has been getting worse – swelling and hurting enough to make me wince.

I did as I was instructed with the medication – I applied three grams to my right knee and rubbed it in well, but gently. Within four or five minutes, I noticed that the entire affected area felt cooler. I continued doing my chores and tasks at my wood shop. Within a few more minutes, I noticed that I was able to walk around and go up a flight of stairs without my usual expectation of pain. After 30 or 45 minutes had gone by, I felt as if the swelling had gone down, and I was working at my usual shop pace. About three or four hours later, I went to apply a second dose and was pleasantly surprised to see that my knee appeared to look less swollen and felt less stiff. In the evening, my leg felt less stiff lasting throughout the night, so I was able to sleep without any discomfort. On the second day, I applied the medication twice and had the same results; my knee felt cooler and less stiff. I was able to work the entire day doing my usual shop chores. On the third day, I applied the medication in the morning because the swelling had returned. I felt relief within five to 15 minutes and worked in the shop all day. On the fourth day, I only had to apply the medication in the morning. And on the fifth day, I applied the medication in the morning and didn’t have to apply it again in the afternoon. Now the swelling and pain are gone!” (Source: PCCA Apothagram, January 2014)

From Kyle Anderson, CPhT, of MedQuest Pharmacy in North Salt Lake City, Utah

I had a gentleman call to thank us for saving his marriage. Apparently, he and his wife were just about to throw in the towel when she met with a physician that “put her on hormones.” After several months, he stated that they observed that each week had been progressively better than the last and that she was becoming happier and healthier all the time. The patient used compounded oral progesterone capsules, compounded oral thyroid capsules, and compounded topical estradiol cream. (Source: PCCA Apothagram, January 2014)

From Deborah A. Martinson, CPhT, of Keystone Pharmacy in Grand Rapids, Michigan

We had a new mom call on the telephone, frantic that she could not find a place to make Lansoprazole 3 mg/mL Oral Suspension (Flavorless) (BUD Study) (PCCA Formula #9673). She said she had been to other big box stores and they did not have all the ingredients to make this compound. She was almost in tears on the phone, wondering what she was going to do if she could not get this medication for her newborn who had gastric reflux.

At the time, I also was a new mom and knew how crazy you can feel, so we made this compound up right away for her. She walked in to get the medication and immediately began crying. She was so thankful that we were able to make this – and provide it to her child in a timely manner to relieve his suffering! (Source: PCCA Apothagram, February 2013)

From Katie Hillman, BS, CPhT, of Health and Wellness Compounding Pharmacy in Nashville, Tenn.

We had a 5-month-old infant come into our pharmacy with severe second-degree burns on her face. It was terrible to see such a young child with an injury that would likely leave behind permanent damage. However, after only eight days of using PCCA PracaSil™-Plus (PCCA #30-4655), her burns had vanished. We compounded PCCA Formula #10413 to treat her scarring. We also compounded PCCA Formula #5536 for her treatment. Our entire pharmacy was practically in tears! Days like that make me realize how much I love my job and how much we are able to help patients. (Source: PCCA Apothagram, April 2014)

From Andrew Cannon, RPh, of City Drug in Evanston, Wyo.

We received this testimonial from a patient who is using a diclofenac sodium/cyclobenzaprine/baclofen/tetracaine cream:

“I’ve suffered from severe knee pain for more than 10 years. I would wake up in the middle of the night with intense pain in my knee that would radiate down to my ankle. I had X-rays taken and an MRI test, but the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong. Over-the-counter pain medications didn’t really seem to help, nor did physical therapy. When I heard about a compounded pain cream I was skeptical, but I was willing to try anything that might work. The compounded cream has brought me so much relief that I would recommend it to anyone suffering from chronic pain. Now I can sleep through the night – without the pain.” (Source: PCCA Apothagram, April 2014)

From Sharon Sims, RPh, of Gulf Breeze Apothecary in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

We worked with a patient who has multiple sclerosis. Her compounded glycyrrhizic acid capsules helped her to remain mobile and perform daily activities. She was a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and was very instrumental in our struggle with TRICARE’s threat to stop paying for compounds. We were in touch with national organizations through her contacts and she was featured in a local news story filmed in our pharmacy. In her story, she discussed why compounded medication was important to her. She explained how it helped her well-being, her ability to get out of bed, and helped to give her a normal life when living with such a debilitating disease. (Source: PCCA Apothagram, March 2014)

New compounding success stories are added frequently.

You can see even more compounding success stories on www.ItsPersonal.net.