A specialized pharmacy on the Avera McKennan campus just became the first of it's kind in South Dakota to be accredited. Which means it's earned the industry's top quality and safety endorsement. That means they are among only 92 pharmacies in the country considered the best at compounding medicine.
Lana Hendricks Leuning makes a stop in the Avera Doctors Plaza 2 Pharmacy every few months to pick up her prescription of progesterone, a natural hormone our body makes, but her body wasn't making enough.
Lana says, "Specifically, I was noticing irritability throughout the month and migraine headaches. I've had traditional treatments for migraines but I had bad reactions to those and I needed to find something else because I have 2 small kids at home. I have to have a good quality of life."
Avera Pharmacist Karen Hoffman says, "The specific dose she needed wasn't made by the manufacturer. She needed a different strength. A one size fits all doesn't work in medicine so we can make different adjustments, according to what her doctor prescribes for what her body needs so it's specialized. We can make it in different forms too, capsules, creams or suppositories."
Lana says, "They make it specifically for me, for my body, for my concerns, issues that are specific for what I need."
This pharmacy is not only specialized it's now accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board and it's the only Compounding Pharmacy in South Dakota to earn this honor.
Pharmacist Karen Hoffman says, "It's a lengthy process for the application. They went through all our policies and procedures on how we make our compounds and then they came and did an onsite survey and reviewed all our processes and quality control. It went well and we earned the seal of approval and we are all pretty happy about that."
As great as it is to know the pharmacists and technicians that make her unique prescription are meeting the toughest of national standards for Lana the proof is in the pill.
To learn more go to www.AveraMcKennan.org/pharmacy