Show: November 4, 2012:
- What efforts are being made to prevent suicides in the military?
- What is the value of an annual checkup?
- What are "compounding" pharmacies and how do they fit into our health care system?
- What can the naked mole rat teach us about chronic pain?
- What is being done to help you receive laboratory results promptly from your doctor?
- What can "Almost Addicted" mean to you and your family?
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What are "compounding" pharmacies and how do they fit into our health care system?
Interview: Angela Ockerman, Pharm.D., Assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Butler University.
Guest Angela Ockerman, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Butler University, discusses today’s compounding pharmacies, which are making large amounts of special formulas for physicians who can’t acquire that drug from traditional pharmacies or pharmaceutical companies. The regulation of such pharmacies has come into question after many people recently became sick or died from a contaminated steroid preparation that was traced back to a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts. Ockerman explains that the regulation of compounding pharmacies sometimes falls through the cracks since state and federal agencies do not have the resources to inspect and review them.