Local pharmacist creates customized medications per patient and physician needs.
The Apothecary Shop of Las Vegas celebrated its grand opening on October 10, 2005. The 1,500 square-foot community pharmacy is located at 10050 Banburry Cross Drive, Suite 110 in Summerlin. In addition to being a full-service pharmacy, the store specializes in pharmacy compounding, which is the method of preparing medications to meet unique physician and patient needs. The Apothecary Shops is a family of independent, community pharmacies located throughout Arizona and Nevada. The company is the Southwest’s foremost chain of independent pharmacies.
The pharmacy features a state-of-the-art compounding lab, a private consultation area and provides other special services including medication flavoring; bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for men and women; veterinary medications; dermatology formulations; anti-aging; pain management medications, contracts and counseling; and specialized fertility, oncology, infectious disease, and ophthalmology medications.
Working with the patient and practitioner, Pharmacist David ElHalta, R.Ph., pharmacy director of The Apothecary Shop, can prepare a “customized” medication in a special compounding laboratory, using the latest techniques and devices available. He then compounds the medication into a special dosage form or delivery system suited for the patient. For example, a compounding pharmacist can prepare the medication using several unique delivery systems, such as a sublingual troche or lozenge, a suppository, or a transdermal gel, cream or ointment. Or, for those patients having a difficult time swallowing a capsule, a compounding pharmacist can make a suspension (liquid) instead.
“We’re bringing a new era in pharmacy care to the community,” said ElHalta. “Patients will now be able to receive the type of personalized care they deserve. We will work closely with their physician to help them pursue more positive therapeutic outcomes.”
Often parents have a tough time getting their children to take their medicine because of the taste. A compounding pharmacist can work directly with the physician and the patient to select a flavoring agent, such as vanilla butternut or tutti frutti, that provides both an appropriate match for the medication’s properties and the patient’s taste preferences.
Compounding pharmacists also have helped patients who are experiencing chronic pain. For example, arthritic patients who cannot take certain medications due to gastrointestinal side effects. Working with a physician, a compounding pharmacist can provide them with a topical preparation with the anti-inflammatory or analgesic their doctor prescribed for them.
Compounders focus on meeting special needs. This may involve compounding an eye drop in a sterile compounding lab, an injection for impotency, preparing medications for veterinarians in a variety of dosage forms and flavors, providing natural alternatives in hormone replacement therapy, or assisting physicians in treating hospice patients. The ultimate goal in preparing any of these customized medications is to help the physician and patient achieve a more positive therapeutic outcome.
The pharmacists and certified technical staff at all 11 locations are on the cutting edge of the pharmaceutical industry. The company is a teaching site for pharmacy students from around the United States and is affiliated with the University of Arizona and Midwestern University Schools of Pharmacy in Arizona.
(Please contact the number above if you or a staff member would like to tour our compounding facility).