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Reprinted from May 2012 P2C2 Custom Care Times – The newsletter of patients and professionals for customized care.

Chronic pain or the side effects of pain medication can be devastating for patients and is one of the most common healthcare ailments.  Pain can be debilitating, ranging from muscle or nerve pain to chronic conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia.  Add to that another challenge — there often are not medications commercially available to help you with your specific situation.

That’s where pharmacy compounding can come in, providing:

  • Alternate dosage forms such as topical gels, creams or sprays to make taking medicine easier;
  • Combined formulations into one convenient dose, especially helpful when patients are faced with taking a number of different meds;
  • Medication strengths tailored for the patient’s specific needs based on your size, pain symptoms and your pain tolerance.

There is no need to suffer!  Through compounding, pain relief can be customized to your specific needs.  Working with your physician and your compounding pharmacist, find out how medications can be compounded to address your specific issues.

What do I look for in a Compounding Pharmacy?

Click here to view Migraine.com article, “Selecting a Quality Compounding Pharmacy,” for tips on what to look for in a pharmacy practice.  Joe Cabaleiro, RPh, Executive Director of the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) provides invaluable pointers on how to identify a qualified compounder.  He also describes another helpful assessment tool developed by the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) – the Compounding Pharmacy Assessment Questionnaire (CPAQ™).

Compounding Goes Sky-High!

New Campaign Debuting in Airports and on US Airways Flights

The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) is rolling out a new advertising campaign -“One Size Doesn’t Fit All” – in an effort to help the public learn more about the importance of compounded medications.  Part one of the “One Size Doesn’t Fit All” campaign consists of a two-minute interview with IACP Executive Vice President and CEO, David G. Miller, RPh, running on The Executive Report, a US Airways In-Flight radio show, May 1 – June 30, 2012. This radio show runs on a continuous 45-minute loop on all 4,306 US Airways flights with a potential audience of 784,040 listeners a day.

The campaign also includes a commercial piece that will air on the CNN Airport Network on May 18, 2012 between 7 – 10 am. The CNN Airport Network consists of 2,000+ 42-inch screens located in the busiest traffic areas at 45 major US Airports.  These areas include the waiting gates, lounges, terminals, baggage carousels, etc. CNN Airport Network estimates there are 10 viewers per screen, reaching a potential 20,000+ viewers at one time.

You also can go to IACP’s website to view the commercial immediately at www.iacprx.org/onesize!