Archives for October 2014

Thermal imaging breast cancer screenings not misleading women

The Bristol pharmacy hosting thermal imaging breast cancer screenings, on Wednesday, wants to reassure women they are not misleading them.

“It was never intended to be better than a mammogram or replace a mammogram, but to be used in conjunction with and the studies and the literature look really promising when both are used together,” Anderson Compounding Pharmacy Women’s Health Specialist and Clinical Pharmacist Dera Stalnaker said. “Women should continue to get their mammograms just as they always have. (Thermal imaging has) been FDA approved since 1982 as an add-on to mammography, so both are helpful. Both serve a purpose, just in different ways.”

Monday we told you about concerns regarding Anderson Compounding Pharmacy’s advertising for Wednesday’s thermal imaging screenings. Thermal imaging looks for heat to find aggressive cancers, whereas mammograms use X-rays. Unlike mammograms, thermal imaging does not involve radiation or touching.

“Thermograms will use infrared readings, kind of like a weather map, so it’s using heat as opposed to compression or radiation,” she said. “It looks for different things within the breast, whereas a mammogram will look for structural changes, a thermogram actually will look for new blood vessel growth or heat going to a certain area that can signify an abnormality or a tumor. So it’s looking at it from a different perspective than a mammogram. It’s never meant to replace a mammogram and we have never said that thermograms should replace a mammogram. That should be used as an add-on or in conjunction with.”

Acacia Apothecary Compounding Pharmacy Achieves PCAB Accreditation

Acacia Apothecary proudly announces its achievement of PCAB accreditation, a service of ACHC, for the services of list services. The accreditation is awarded in recognition of the pharmacy’s commitment to meeting and/or exceeding national quality standards.

Achieving accreditation is a process where healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with national standards. PCAB accreditation reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.

“Acacia is committed to delivering the highest quality compounded medications to the community we serve,” said Dr. Justin Brock, owner and pharmacist.  “By achieving PCAB Accreditation, our customers can be assured we follow the best practices and we are in compliance with the compounding pharmacy industry’s most stringent standards.”

Established in 2007, PCAB was founded by eight of the nation’s leading pharmacy organizations to create voluntary quality accreditation designation for the compounding industry. The organization promotes, develops, and maintains principles, policies, and standards for improving the quality of pharmacy compounding nationwide. In 2014, PCAB accreditation became a service of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), whereby ACHC administers the PCAB accreditation program. For more information about PCAB accreditation, visit www.achc.org/program/pharmacy.

Acacia Apothecary and Wellness is located at 1845 W Orange Grove Road, Suite 115.  They are open Monday through Friday from 9:30-5:30. For more information including full range of services please visit their website www.acaciarx.com. To see the Brocks’ journey of building their pharmacy and for updates visit their Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/acaciarx.

Source: Acacia Apothecary and Wellness

PHARMACIST ADMITS PAYING KICKBACKS TO PHYSICIANS

A southern New Jersey pharmacist has admitted paying tens of thousands of dollars in cash bribes to physicians for referring pain cream prescriptions, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Vladimir Kleyman, a 43-year-old Lakewood resident who was the president and pharmacist-in-charge of Prescriptions R US, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pay kickbacks and commit health care fraud. He faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced Jan. 20.

From January 2013 through January 2014, Kleyman provided another person with tens of thousands of dollars in cash and checks to provide bribes to physicians for referring prescriptions for a compounded pain cream to his Lakewood-based company.

The firm was a compounding pharmacy, which prepares medication, using different types and dosages of drugs, in order to provide more personalized medications for patients.

Kleyman admitted that in a series of meetings in November and December 2013 alone, he arranged for the middleman to receive more than $40,000 in cash or checks with the understanding it would be used to pay bribes.

Safety, sanitary problems prompt scores of drug recalls

The infection came out of nowhere, 36 hours after Eloise Soler’s heart surgery last summer at the Corpus Christi Medical Center in South Texas. As her fever spiked to 103, other patients developed similar symptoms. Doctors raced to pinpoint the cause.

Handling Hazardous Drugs: USP in Pharmacy Practice

Recently, the US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) proposed a new General Chapter 800: “Hazardous Drugs: Handling in the Healthcare Settings.” There has been mixed reaction to this proposal across the profession. We will see what the compounding expert committee recommends, but the controversy provides an opportunity to reflect on the role of USP in pharmacy practice.

USP’s The Pharmacopoeia of the United States was first published in 1820. In 1975, USP acquired the National Formulary from the American Pharmaceutical Association, and merged it and Pharmacopoeia into a single publication containing official substances and preparation monographs. USP’s activities have changed greatly since then, but the importance of USP to pharmacy practice is still significant.

Setting preparation standards and providing reference material continue to be important, as reflected in the USP mission statement. USP has attempted a number of ventures that help demonstrate its value to pharmacy practice, including medication error prevention, providing drug information, and setting pharmacy practice standards.

Although USP has an impressive headquarters building and staff in the Washington, DC area, much of its accomplishments are due to its volunteers, who serve as delegates to the USP convention. As with medical organizations, all state pharmacy associations and schools of pharmacy are eligible to send a convention delegate, providing a unique forum for medicine and pharmacy to interact—the value of which many pharmacists may not appreciate. The expert panels primarily use volunteers to accomplish their work, too.

In-Person Compounding Training

Q&A with the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Purchasing & Products: What was the impetus to attend an onsite compounding training program?