The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP)’s President Baylor Rice, RPh, FIACP, explains to Drug Topics that compounding pharmacists could help in the current sodium bicarbonate shortage if they were allowed to provide office-use compounding.

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“Patient harm, as a result from limited-to-no-access of a drug shortage product, can be remedied if FDA understands that access to compounded preparations goes much farther than the brick and mortar of a pharmacy,” said Rice. “Prescribers, nurses, and other health-care entities require that compounded preparations need to be available for immediate-use in emergency situations. The only way to meet this requirement is for the practitioner to house a small supply of the product in the practitioner’s office.”