Compounding pharmacies can help resolve drug shortages


More than 200 medications crucial in fighting conditions such as leukemia, breast and colon cancer, and infectious diseases are in short supply in the United States. As a result, compounding pharmacists and pharmacies that have the resources to compound sterile injectable formulations and other forms of drugs are being called on to help deal with these shortages.

Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) is urging its member pharmacists to continue working with physicians and hospitals to help reduce the problem of drug shortages — which has been going on for years, according to John Preckshot, RPh, an independent compounding pharmacist in Peoria, Ill. Now, however, the situation “is finally reaching epidemic proportions.”

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