Recently, the public was shocked to learn that the price of one previously inexpensive medicine, Daraprim, was going to be increased from the sum of $13.50 per dose to $750.00 per by Turing Pharmaceuticals, after the company bought the rights to distribute the medication.
Daraprim is a type of anti-parasitic medication used for the prevention and treatment of life threatening conditions like malaria and toxoplasmosis (a rare infection affecting mostly pregnant women). The medication is also used to prevent and treat certain types of complications and infections associated with AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
Patients who count on lower-priced generic versions of brand name drugs for their prescriptions are concerned that the medications they need to treat conditions including cancer will jump in price too. Those who need highly specialized drugs for rare conditions are also concerned, since they have no idea whether their medication will be subject to a similar future price hike or will even continue to be available to them.
San Diego Company Will Provide Medication At Nominal Cost
The story ended up with a positive ending as a compounding pharmacy came to the rescue. Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Inc., a San-Diego-based company, announced that it would be able to fill patients’ prescriptions for the active ingredients in Daraprim for $99.00 for a bottle of 100 capsules. Imprimis Pharmaceuticals is a compounding pharmacy that has announced it also has plans to provide less expensive versions of other drugs whose prices have jumped. This is also good news for consumers.
How A Compounding Pharmacy Helps Patients
A compounding pharmacy, like Compounding Pharmacy of America prepares customized prescriptions to fit an individual patient’s needs. As an individual, you may decide to seek this type of service when a mass-produced prescription is not available or if you need a customized dosage or formulation.
At Compounding Pharmacy of America, we can compound almost any type of medication for patient use. We will work with your doctor to develop a formulation that will work for you. Contact us today to discuss your needs.
Chief Operating Officer, The Compounding Pharmacy of America
Matthew Poteet, Pharm.D. graduated with Honors from Lee University with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Science. After his undergraduate training, he completed the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy, graduating in 2004. Dr. Poteet has spent much of his pharmacy career on staff at two of the most prestigious academic teaching hospitals in the Southeast; Emory University in Atlanta and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. At these institutions he received extensive experience and training in sterile products compounding.
He returned home to East Tennessee in 2010, where he has held the position of Pharmacy Director at two sterile products pharmacies in Knoxville. Matthew lives in Knoxville with his wife, Chris. Dr. Poteet is Tennessee’s first Board Certified Anti-Aging Pharmacist by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.