Compounding is the pharmacist’s quintessential art. It has been this way for centuries. No one else has been trained to do it. Unfortunately, these new (NAPLEX preparation) pharmacy schools don’t even teach it. What does that tell you? A new pharmacist told me that, when he asked about compounding, he was told that it wasn’t important. Well, fuck me too, buddy. Compounding is want can save the profession of pharmacy. If you see more than slapping two ointments together when you hear the word compounding perhaps you can see what I am talking about. If all you see is that outfit in Massachusetts killing some people with manufactured products they were sneaking through under the compounding umbrella, you are short-sighted.
A few points: 1. Modern medicine is drug therapy period. 2. Pharmacists still run that ship no matter how pissed off Pharma and the AMA get. 3. They have been trying to minimize pharmacy for 61 years when Durham-Humphrey became the law. 4. The AMA and Pharma ruined our chances for a BTC (Behind the Counter) class of drugs when William Apple and the APhA were fighting to get BTC drugs legal. Yeah, don’t fall over from shock. When Apple was President, the APhA actually led the way in promoting our profession. 5. We have been in a death struggle with the AMA for decades. 6. This doctor’s organization will fight to keep their turf and they will fight to take our turf away from us. 7. Talk about misguided. There is enough turf for everybody. 9. The result of the AMA’s fight will be patient deaths. I will wrap this list up and I could go on and on. 10. The AMA and Pharma will do just about anything to get drug therapy out of our hands. 11. As far as Senate Bill 959 goes, it is a sneak attack. Read it carefully. Perhaps a compounding pharmacist (actually any RPh) can give more than a cursory observation. Apparently SB 959, in one sentence, differentiates between: A. common compounds and B. complicated compounds. You got it. Pharmacist will be disqualified to prepare B. If legislature allows them to get their pudgy little feet in ballerina slippers into the door, we are, once again, fucked. Can you stop this? Hell yes, but not by sitting in your chair after work, a beer in your right hand and a slice of pizza in the left and the game on your huge TV. You gotta do something. Compounding is yours, all yours. Will you let Big Pharma take it away from you? They want to sell more Androgel (example) and it pisses them off that the bio-equivalent transdermal HRT that you make takes so much of their market.
From your reading your blog, it appears you have a very large and passionate group of pharmacists interested in your thoughts.
Today, I’m asking you to rally your following in opposition to Senate Bill 959, which will severely limit what compounding pharmacies can and can not compound. More information about Senate Bill 959 is here: http://www.protectmycompounds.com
As you know, practicing the art of compounding is one of the few ways independent pharmacies can thrive financially AND improve the overall well being of patients. I fear that Senate Bill 959, in its current incarnation, will severely limit treatment options available to my patients and our financial well being.
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For info regarding one of the real motivations behind this bill: http://www.anh-usa.org/compounded-medications/
I’m extremely worried about this bill because I’m a young pharmacist (33 years old) and currently in a junior partnership at Asheville Compounding Pharmacy. I fear that Senate Bill 959 may squash or limit my intentions for Asheville Compounding Pharmacy over the next 30-35 years. I love what we do, our employees love knowing they are making a difference, and our patients are extremely thankful for the high quality pharmaceutical care we provide.
Thanks for any help you provide regarding Senate Bill 959 and thank you for advocating for the pharmacy profession.
Asheville Compounding Pharmacy
760 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28804