A Specialty Pharmacy in Phoenix


A specialty pharmacy is a full service pharmacy that offers pharmaceutical products and services above and beyond what is available at your typical corner drug store. For instance, services such as compounding, customized packaging, medication therapy management, custom delivery services and weight loss clinics can be found at a specialty pharmacy. Read more

Phoenix Pharmacy makes Compound Prescriptions


You may have heard a little bit about pharmacy compounding. You may even know someone who uses a compounded medication. Even so, you could still be wondering “what is a compound?” Remember years ago when your grandmother made delicious homemade chocolate cake from Read more

Vitamin D - A Natural Health Booster


Did you know that having optimal levels of Vitamin D in your system has emerged as being one of the most important factors in preventative health care? Over 100 studies have linked vitamin D deficiencies to significantly higher rates of cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and many other health Read more

Disposing Prescription Medications


While a few medications are recommended to be disposed of by flushing down the toilet, most are not. There is an appropriate way to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications so that they cause the least amount of damage to our environment. Read more

A Specialty Pharmacy in Phoenix

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At Valley of the Sun Pharmacy, Arizona’s friendly, professional pharmacy in Phoenix, we do more than fill your prescriptions. We promise to make your life easier by taking the worry out of medication therapy management.

HOW CAN A SPECIALTY PHARMACY MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER?

A specialty pharmacy is a full service pharmacy that offers pharmaceutical products and services above and beyond what is available at your typical corner drug store. For instance, services such as compounding, customized packaging, medication therapy management, custom delivery services and weight loss clinics can be found at a specialty pharmacy. Expert advice, education, and high level case management is available to customers who experience complex disease states such as multiple sclerosis, hepatitis, diabetes, heart disease, auto-immune disorders, organ transplants, cancer and HIV.

Many prescribed medications for certain disease states are very expensive to purchase, not just for the customer but also for a pharmacy. For this reason a corner retail drugstore is not likely to be able to service a customer with specialized pharmaceutical needs. An example of this might be an individual being treated for HIV. Specialty ordering, dosing, packaging and possibly compounding would most likely be needed for optimal medication therapy management. Once the medication is prepared and delivered to the customer it is extremely important to have proper education on effects, side effects and adverse reactions. A pharmacist specially trained in working with specific disease states can often be the glue that bonds the treatment plan together. 

High tech equipment can be found in your local Phoenix specialty pharmacy. Examples of this would include robotic filling equipment, high tech pharmacy software systems and highly advanced tracking and delivery systems. With a computerized robotic filling and dispensing system prescriptions are filled and dispensed quickly and accurately. To the customer this means fast, accurate, and safe filling of your prescriptions. No more standing in long lines and waiting up to two hours for your prescriptions to be filled!

You go the extra mile to search out a physician who is a specialist. Having your illness properly diagnosed and treated is the primary objective in recovery from illness. It also makes sense to choose a pharmacy near Phoenix like Valley of the Sun Pharmacy that specializes in meeting all your medication needs!

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Phoenix Pharmacy makes Compound Prescriptions

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At Valley of the Sun Phoenix Pharmacy we do more than fulfill your medical prescriptions, we a local advocate for your health by fulfilling prescriptions when you need them, especially those that require more than counting out pills in a bottle. We are also advocates of better health through vitamin supplements for our customers in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale and Tempe.

What is Compounding?

You may have heard a little bit about pharmacy compounding. You may even know someone who uses a compounded medication. Even so, you could still be wondering “what is a compound?”

Remember years ago when your grandmother made delicious homemade chocolate cake from scratch?

She started with quality flour, added sugar, eggs, milk, butter, baking powder, salt, chocolate and — Viola, a delicious homemade chocolate cake is created! Like cake, mixing the proper ingredients in a certain way is the basic practice that is mastered in the art of medication compounding.

Compounding of a prescription medication is a skilled art and science of creating an individually formulated medication. A compounding pharmacist is specially trained to create custom made medications based on the specific ingredients prescribed by your physician or health care provider. Years ago, before standardized manufacturing, all medications were compounded.

So what are the benefits of compounding? The biggest benefit of compounding is that it improves patient compliance. By making medications taste better, easier to swallow, void of allergy causing ingredients, perfectly dosed, or formulated into a more absorbable form, compliance with medication usage is greatly improved. And believe it or not that makes healing quicker!

Many people are unable or unwilling to swallow medications. Flavorings such as coconut, tutti-frutti, grape, bubble gum, vanilla or butternut can make medications taste good when swallowed. Using a unique formulation like lozenges, sublingual troches, lollipops or special baby pacifiers greatly decreases the likelihood of a missed dose when dealing with children and adults who have special needs. Children and the elderly tend to be the population most benefited by compounding.

Other specialized uses for compounding include sports medicine, pain management, men’s health, anti-aging cosmeceuticals, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), dental, hospice and veterinary medicine.

Professional athletes must stay in the game to win; and using compounded medications is their secret! When recovering from tough workouts and game injuries athletes rely on specially compounded creams, salves and gels for pain relief and pain control. Pain control is the biggest reason that people seek help from their physician.

When seeking help for pain many times individuals are prescribed anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), muscle relaxants and other medications that are absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. The problem is that, for some people, uncomfortable and dangerous side effects may occur. By using an alternate delivery system such as a cream, gel or suppository the same therapeutic benefits can be achieved while greatly reducing or totally avoiding the negative medication side effects. How cool is that!

Compounded medications come in many forms. The benefits of improved compliance, better symptom control, and a more pleasant therapeutic experience make them very appealing both to the patient and to the health care practitioner. If you think you or someone you know might benefit from compounding, speak with your physician or health care provider about being prescribed a compounded medication!

Feel free to call us at (602) 896-0454 or drop by with your questions or concerns.  We are a Pharmacy dedicated to serving our Phoenix Arizona clients well and helping with your health and medical prescription and delivery needs.

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Vitamin D – A Natural Health Booster

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From your local pharmacy serving the greater Phoenix area (including Scottsdale, Glendale, Tempe):

We do more than fulfill your medical prescriptions, we are a local advocate for your health by fulfilling prescriptions when you need them, and recommending vitamin supplements to maintain a vibrant, healthy lifestyle.

Could Vitamin D Be Your New Best Friend?

Did you know that having optimal levels of Vitamin D in your system has emerged as being one of the most important factors in preventative health care? Over 100 studies have linked vitamin D deficiencies to significantly higher rates of cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and many other health problems.

Phoenix sunsetWhile natural sunshine is intended to be the body’s most effective source of Vitamin D, most people don’t spend enough time in the sun to maintain adequate levels of this important vitamin. In fact, humans now spend less time in the sun than at any other time in history. More than 1 billion people worldwide are deficient in vitamin D.  Interesting, since we get so much sun here in Phoenix.  Many people only see the sun outside their windows from home, work or in their car driving around.  Air conditioning is fine, but it all too often keeps us indoors.

Population groups at risk of Vitamin D inadequacy are breast fed infants, older adults, people with limited sun exposure, people with dark skin, and people with fat malabsorption. Babies who are breast fed for long periods of time can be vitamin D deficient if their mothers are not supplementing their own diets with vitamin D. As adults get older their skin becomes less able to synthesize vitamin D from sunlight, they spend more time indoors and their dietary intake of vitamin D may be inadequate. Hip fractures related to falls and osteoporosis are much more common in the elderly.

Consuming adequate amounts of calcium along with vitamin D is an important factor in maintaining strong healthy bones. Living in areas where sunlight is plentiful like Phoenix, Arizona will benefit people of all ages because of an increased exposure to sunlight. Direct natural sunlight exposure initiates the conversion of cholesterol in the skin to Vitamin D.

Melanin is the pigment in skin that gives it color. The darker the color of skin the more melanin is present. Melanin reduces the skins ability to convert sunlight to vitamin D.

In order to absorb and store vitamin D some dietary fat is required in the diet. Some individuals have conditions that reduce their ability to absorb fat. Cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s disease and some forms of liver disease are associated with fat malabsorption.

People of all ages and colors can benefit from Vitamin D supplementation. Because vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin it is important to monitor blood levels when adding it as a supplement to your diet. For expert advice on the proper way to monitor and supplement your diet with Vitamin D contact Valley of the Sun Phoenix Pharmacy or stop by the pharmacy to check out our supply of high quality vitamin D, calcium, anti-oxidants, probiotics, omega-3, fish oil, coconut oil and numerous other dietary supplements.

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Disposing Prescription Medications

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At your local pharmacist in Phoenix, Valley of the Sun Pharmacy, we do more than fulfill your medical prescriptions, we a local advocate for your health, dispensing medicines, supplements, and advice based on years of experience and education.

FDA RECOMMENDATIONS
Remember the last time you cleaned out prescriptions in your medicine cabinet? You came across several expired medication bottles, old vitamins and maybe a couple tubes of ointments that you used once or twice and never opened again. So how did you dispose of everything? The pills probably got flushed down the toilet, and the rest tossed in the trash.

While a few medications are recommended to be disposed of by flushing down the toilet, most are not. Medications that are flushed down the toilet have been detected in water supplies throughout the world. There is an appropriate way to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications so that they cause the least amount of damage to our environment.

At Valley of the Sun Pharmacy we recommend that most drugs can be disposed of in your regular trash, if done properly. Strong narcotic pain relievers and other controlled substances have instructions to flush down the toilet. This is to avoid the potential for unintentional use, overdose and illegal abuse. For example Fentanyl patches contain a large amount of very strong medication that remains on the patch even after it is removed. Throwing such patches into the regular trash poses the risk of a person or animal being harmed.

The FDA has partnered with drug manufacturers in determining the safest methods for drug disposal. By following proper medication disposal recommendations we can all do our part in preserving our environment and avoiding harm to a person or animal.

Disposing of medications that are in pill form

  • Remove from the original container and crush if possible
  • Mix with an undesirable substance like coffee grounds or kitty litter
  • Place in a sealed baggie or plastic container that will not leak when placed in your regular trash
  • Adding a small amount of water will dissolve the pills into the coffee grounds or kitty litter mixture
  • Place in your regular trash container to be disposed of in the nearest landfill

Disposal of Inhalers used for Asthma
Inhalers traditionally contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) which damage the ozone. CFC inhalers are being phased out and replaced with containers that are more environmentally friendly. Remember that, depending on where you live, inhalers may be thrown into the regular trash or may be considered a hazardous waste product which requires special handling and disposal.

Disposal of creams, liquids and gels
Creams, liquids, and gels can usually be disposed of exactly like solid pills. Remember to read the brochure that accompanies the medication to make sure there are no specific recommendations for disposal.

Many local community pharmacies are involved in a drug take-back program. For more information on what programs are available in your area contact your local Phoenix community pharmacist. Phoenix Pharmacy staff delivers prescriptions, supplements and healthy advice for residents of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale and Tempe, Arizona. Don’t hesitate to call us with a question (602) 986-0454.

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