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There are so many, many people, as well as their four-legged friends, who have been served by compounding. Meet the many individuals who have been personally helped by pharmacy compounding. Learn more about their stories, and how their lives would be dramatically different if it were not for the unique medication solutions compounding has brought to them.

The ABQ Biopark has been working with a compounding pharmacy for more than seven years. As an institution serving numerous and varied species, we routinely have a need to administer medications and supplements in forms and doses that are not typically manufactured as mainstream pharmaceuticals.

Our compounding pharmacists have provided many products over the years that have facilitated our care of the collection’s animals, including: anesthetics and sedatives compounded into higher concentrations so that we can use just one dart when anesthetizing larger animals; flavored suspensions for oral use; and raw drugs in huge quantities to treat elephant illnesses.

When we were treating our white rhino for a foot abscess and she was refusing her prescribed antibiotics, the compounding pharmacy took the time to create an individually dosed marshmallow treat concoction that she adored and which successfully treated the infection. They are always quick to suggest appropriate flavors and methods of preparation when I call with a new medication problem. Compounding is a critical service for most zoos and our pharmacy has been a lifesaver.

- Gwen A. Dragoo, BS, RVT, Head Veterinary Technician, and New Mexico

Thank you all at P3 for your efforts in keeping compounding pharmacies a "freedom of choice" for everyone, especially those like me who have to take something daily for a medical condition.

After what I went through years back now, I not only will not but cannot take any pharmaceutical synthetic drug(s)! Though I will be 62 next month, I have been taking a bio identical compound for the past four years now.

I would like to see bio identical compounds paid for by insurance companies as I pay out of my own pocket for what I take as well. Because I was never afforded the "freedom of choice" by former doctors, I would like to see a written form provided to me as either part of a new patient package or on a yearly update basis by my doctor(s) office, that advises me that "bio identical compounds" are also another medical avenue available to me as part of my "freedom of choice" regarding my care and as a patient as well. It could very easily be incorporated and I would sign it yearly with my updates as well.


- D. Carlson, California

Our dog, Tucker, has frequent seizures which is very hard on all of us. He is on three medications to try to control them – we will do whatever we can to take good care of him. One of the medications, potassium bromide, was only available in liquid form. As you can imagine, it is not the easiest thing to administer to a dog by shooting the liquid in his mouth with a syringe twice a day. Concerns surrounding this are not getting the full dose if some runs out, the obvious difficulty of administering this and not being comfortable having someone else administer it if we need to board him. His other meds are pills or capsules which are easily administered in a Pill Pocket.

Through a compounding pharmacist, we are able to get potassium bromide in capsule form making it MUCH easier to provide Tucker all of his meds at once in a Pill Pocket. We are assured he is getting the proper dosages and it is easy for others to provide him the care he is used to when we board him. I feel if we couldn’t provide this care, we would never be able to travel because I wouldn’t be comfortable putting the burden on someone else. We are extremely thankful for our compounding specialist!

- L. Compton, Georgia

Compounding pharmacy is not an option, it is a necessity for many healthcare providers, myself included, treating complex patients.

My name is Peta Cohen. I am a clinical nutritionist working in my private practice since 1996. The focus of my practice in pediatrics, particularly the treatment of children with autism, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder, Genetic Disorders, and inborn errors of metabolism, as well the complex adult patient, has demanded the need to provide a delivery system for pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals that goes beyond what is available through both the pharmaceutical and nutrition supplement industry.

Creating an opportunity to restore the body back to balance is not an option, but a fundamental demand of the provider patient relationship and cannot be achieved through dietary modification alone. If a nutrient or drug is required to leverage healing and a restoration of health there needs to be an appropriate delivery system to ensure the intake and uptake of this support.

Without the option of compounded medications and supplements I would never have had the opportunity to impact the life of so many individuals.

- Peta Cohen, MS., RD Clinical Nutritionist/Metabolic Specialist, New Jersey