Reasons to Seek Compounding for Thyroid Medications

Posted by on August 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reasons to Seek Compounding for Thyroid Medications

In early 2009, patients with hypothyroidism who were taking natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) discovered that Armour, one of the most popular forms of this medication, was suddenly difficult to obtain. The Armour medication shortage became a long-term problem, lasting through some of 2010 as well. For pharmacists, this meant negotiating new prescriptions that changed patient medications entirely. If you’re looking for a way to ensure that your facility can meet the needs of hypothyroidism patients in the face of another shortage of traditional NDT medications, you should work with a specialist that offers compounding. Here are a few benefits of compounding for hypothyroidism patients. Accessibility When Commercial Supplies Aren’t Available Compounding pharmacies utilize many of the same basic raw materials that the traditional pharmaceutical manufacturers use to create their pills. That means that when the manufacturers of the standard medications aren’t able to meet the demand, compounding pharmacies can create medications to match the needed dosages. Precise Control of Dosage When you work with a compounding pharmacy to fulfill patient needs, you can have each prescription adjusted to match the precise level of thyroid hormone needed. Particularly when you’re dealing with desiccated thyroid, you’ll need to balance the T3 and T4 hormones in the pill. Since some patients have trouble converting T4 to T3, you may find that some need additional T3 hormone in their NDT medication to ensure a proper dose. Since compounding pharmacies create the pills precisely to order, you’ll be able to meet those T3 needs with every NDT prescription refill. Elimination of Problematic Fillers Many patients who have autoimmune thyroid disorders also have co-morbid conditions like celiac disease. That means these patients have to avoid gluten, which is often used as filler for medications in the form of wheat starch. When you work with a compounding pharmacy, you can ensure that the medication you provide is free of any potential contamination of gluten. Working with a compounding pharmacy also allows you to ensure that the medications are free of any other leading allergens, like egg protein, dairy, and more. Don’t risk losing patients at your facility because of an inability to access medications like NDT in the midst of medication shortages. When you work with a compounding pharmacy, you’ll not only be certain that you can provide precise dosages in compounds that work for your patients but also ensure that the medications are free of any fillers that could cause problems for certain patients. Personalization is a great step toward treatment success, so talk with a compounding pharmacy about the options for supplying your patients today. For more info, talk to a compounding pharmacy in your...

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Pharmaceutical Sampling Services Cut Costs And Risks

Posted by on August 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pharmaceutical Sampling Services Cut Costs And Risks

The end user of a pharmaceutical product does not likely know the complex process involved with developing innovative and cutting-edge medicines. The company that produces such pharmaceutical products has to not only be aware of the various steps, management must ensure all acceptable standards of safety and government regulations are met. This must be done at all stages. Those outside of the industry might not realize how involved the process of packaging and shipping samples is. The effective performance of these tasks could be outside the scope of the company producing the samples. To avoid disastrous mishaps, working with a pharmaceutical sampling service capable of advising and supporting packaging and shipping duties is advisable. Staying On Top of Innovations A pharmaceutical company might not be completely aware of inroads made in the packaging industry. A sample management firm, however, is much more likely to research new developments in order to deliver the best solutions for a client. Recently, a new thermal process has emerged that could reduce the potential for glass packaging tubes to crack. A management service may take steps on behalf of a company to switch to these newer, more reliable glass tubes. In some cases, the samples being shipped are rare and impossible to replace. Damaged containers frequently lead to tremendous and costly setbacks. In other instances, damaged packaging might create a potential biohazard exposure and all related civil liabilities. Outsourcing the management of packaging duties to a reputable aids in the avoidance of such scenarios. Selecting the Right Shipping Solutions Upon being provided with detailed information about the samples, a management service would be able to make the necessary logistical decisions about a particular shipping solution. The time required to deliver a sample may not be the only factor that must be weighed. Maintaining the right temperature in the shipping compartment could be critical. Delivering the product 200 miles away via an air conditioned truck may be less costly, but the chance exists for an accident. The accident might disable the temperature control functions and destroy the samples. An effective management service would possibly make the call to transport via air and avoid risks. Maintaining Accurate Disaster Logs Accidents can and do happen no matter how many precautions are taken. Proper accounting of what samples were shipped, the volume of the samples, how much was exposed, and what cleanup steps were taken must be performed. Established pharmaceutical sampling services are best capable of keeping highly accurate records in an emergency situation. To learn more, contact a company like...

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Making The Most Of Your Facial Skin Care Regimen

Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making The Most Of Your Facial Skin Care Regimen

If you’re interested in improving the appearance and health of the skin on your face, you need to look beyond washing with just soap and water. The sheer volume of products on the market can be daunting, as well as the prices. You don’t, however, need to purchase expensive department store or spa products to achieve your desired results; you can find great skin care items right in the aisles of your local drug store. Here are some tips on what to look for and how to create the right skin care regimen to maximize its effectiveness. The Proper Order for Products The first thing you need to do is to use your skin care products in the proper order. You can purchase products all from one manufacturer’s line (especially helpful if you are seeking anti-aging products or treatments for acne), or you can put them together a la carte from different makers. The order in which they should be used is cleanser exfoliant or scrub (if not part of the cleanser) toner mask or peel serum or special treatment moisturizer and sunscreen (these can be combined) Masks and peels are generally only used occasionally, such as once per week, and you don’t have to use all of these items daily. You should at least use a cleanser and moisturizer every morning and every evening, but you may want to incorporate more products as needed. Look for products that are geared for your particular skin type or problem such as acne, rosacea, oily skin, combination skin, dry skin, or aging skin. Cleanser Your cleanser removes environmental dirt and debris from the surface of the skin as well as excess oil, sweat, and dead skin cells. Some cleansers remove makeup too, but if yours does not, use a makeup remover prior to your cleanser. Most cleansers are mixed with water and rinsed clean; follow the package directions for correct use. If you keep a bottle or tube of cleanser in your shower, you’ll have it handy to use there in the morning or after exercise. Exfoliant Some cleansers include exfoliants, but these products can also purchased separately. Also known as scrubs, exfoliants contain grainy substances to further remove dead skin cells to reveal fresher skin below. This can be too much for sensitive or very dry skin, so you may not want to use an exfoliant daily unless you have a condition like acne, where removing excess epidermal remains can help keep pores cleaner. Toner Adding a toner is a great step if you want to deep clean and minimize your pores. It can make your skin feel fresher and tighter, without stripping it of its inherent moisture. This is an ideal product for men to use after shaving. Mask or Peel Masks or peels are usually applied once per week or on an as-needed basis. These can help reduce oiliness, apply extra moisture, or in the case of peels, remove more dead skin than a daily exfoliant. A mask is a wonderful way to get the feel of a spa at home. Serum or Treatment Serums are concentrated products that have intense effects and are often anti-aging products. Usually, they are applied only to areas that need extra care, such as fine lines and wrinkles or hyperpigmentation (age spots)....

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Making Your Bathroom Senior Friendly

Posted by on June 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making Your Bathroom Senior Friendly

The bathroom can be a source of many injuries for the elderly.  Whether you are the one advancing in years or a caregiver, it is important to know how to best modify this important room to your needs.  Shower or Tub The area of the bathroom that can pose the greatest threat of injury is the shower or tub.  A slippery floor can cause a bad fall.  But these items can ensure that both the elderly person and their caregiver are safe. If you have a shower, make sure the floor of the shower is flush with the rest of the floor.  Many showers have a dividing curb to separate them from the rest of the room.  Removing this curb will make it easier to get in and out of the shower without any unnecessary lifting. If you have a tub, consider installing a walk-in bathtub.  Many elderly people are unable to lift their legs, so this will make it possible for them to bathe without having to be lifted into the tub. Install a sprayer attachment to the shower or tub faucet head.  This will make it easier to bathe sitting down, as standing for long periods of time can often be uncomfortable. If your shower doesn’t have a seat already, consider investing in a shower chair. Grab bars should also be installed in the shower to aid the elderly as well as caregivers.  These should be properly installed by professionals, to ensure they meet your weight bearing needs. Always have anti-slip mats in the shower and any area where water might accumulate. Toilet The toilet can be another problem area for the elderly, as it requires bending and lowering.  A simple solution for this can be a raised toilet seat.  This can be done with either a thicker seat, or a seat attachment that raises the patient further above the existing seat.  There are also modified toilets available that are a bit taller if needed.  Evaluate the individual needs of who will be using it to see which option works best for you. This is another area where grab bars should be installed as well.  This will help the elderly person to lower and raise themselves as well as caregivers to give aid where needed. Counter Top and Faucet Area Make sure the level of counter tops and cabinets is accessible to the elderly person.  If this happens to be a shorter person, consider lowering them a bit to avoid an accident from overreaching and falling.  Another smart idea is to have lever faucets installed, rather than twist faucets.  This will make it easier to use even with aching hands.  It will also help to prevent an accident where the water is too hot but can’t be adjusted quickly enough to avoid scalding. Many items needed for any of these modifications can be purchased at a local medical supply store.  Check to see what their offerings are, and if they include home installation...

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