Chris Parker, Pharm.D., BCPS
The Pharmacists at Village Pharmacy have undergone extra training at Professional Compounding Centers of America. PCCA is the worldwide leader in prescription compounding. This extra training may result in a better product for you. One example of how this can translate into a better product is with a drug called metronidazole suspension. Plain metronidazole has an awful taste and makes some people gag when they taste it. Some pharmacists that don't know better will just crush some metronidazole tablets and mix them with a suspension base. Instead, here at Village Pharmacy, we make all of our metronidazole suspensions with metronidazole benzoate, a tasteless form of the drug. While technically legal to do, crushing metronidazole tablets for a suspension is one of the biggest and most frequent mistakes we hear about.
Please visit ProtectMyCompounds and see how you can help to protect your right to access to compounded medicines. There is a bill in the US Senate right now that would have devastating effects on patient access to compounded medicines.
As currently written, this bill could prevent compounding pharmacists from making Estriol products. Estriol is a hormone naturally found in the female body that has been safely compounded for decades, and is a common component of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
We received word from some of our customers that they received a letter from Aetna Medicare stating that we were not going to be on their Preferred Pharmacy List for 2015. We wanted to let our customers know that our Pharmacy Contracting Agency, Good Neighbor Pharmacy Provider Network (GNPPN), is in negotiations with Aetna to get us on the list for 2015.