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  1. November 01, 2023

    Important USP changes — what you need to know

    Some important updates regarding quality standards and changes to the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) standards are coming that may impact your practice.

    To give some background, pharmacies in the Revelation Pharma Network follow standard operating procedures that are built around processes developed by USP. While USP is not a regulatory agency and does not carry the force of law, many state boards of pharmacy as well as the FDA recognize USP’s compounding standards as the measure of quality assurance that a compounding pharmacy should follow.

    On November 1, 2023, new editions of USP chapters pertaining to nonsterile, sterile, and hazardous drug compounding will become compendially applicable, meaning that they are the most current versions and regulatory agencies may choose to adopt them.

    It is important to note that these new editions are not simple modifications but are largely complete re-writes of the current chapters and represent significant

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  2. November 01, 2023

    Different pains require different drugs

    We all experience multiple types of pain throughout our lives. Bee stings, sunburns, and skinned knees are all examples of acute, short-term pain, but pain can also be chronic. Chronic pain comes from underlying inflammation that for some reason has become long-term.

    Pain is actually a protective mechanism — pulling away from a hot stove prevents us from getting burnt when cooking, and chronic pain can be our body’s way of telling us that something is out of balance. Pain becomes a problem, however, when the underlying causes aren’t easily corrected.

    Compounding pharmacists can work with you and your physician to find a medication therapy for your pain, no matter what type of pain it is.

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  3. October 26, 2023

    ‘Hormone Therapy” or “Hormone Replacement Therapy”: What’s the Difference?

    By Ashley Berthlot, Director of Marketing, Business Development Specialist, Professional Arts Pharmacy

    The term “Hormone Therapy” garners various negative and positive connotations, depending on your background and perspective. A simple google search of “hormone therapy” can bring up various results depending on your unique search history ranging from hormone replacement therapy for menopause to hormone therapy for cancer treatment. Having some definitions and clarity of its uses can be helpful when discussing any type of hormone therapy.

    Hormone therapy is usually in reference to what we call the sex steroid hormones, including estrogens (estradiol, estriol, estrone), progestins (progesterone, progestogen), and androgens (testosterone, DHEA). They have traditionally been defined by their role in normal reproductive function. However, hormone therapy can also be used to block the above-mentioned hormones as well as many other uses.

    Let’s divide hormone use into

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  4. October 21, 2023

    A more-natural hormone delivery system?

    The body doesn't secrete hydrocortisone the same way a pill, injection, IV, or other 'external' delivery system does. That, thought University of Bristol researchers, doesn't make sense.

    So they did what health scientists do: They took 10 years and developed a new type of hydrocortisone-replacement therapy called "Pulsatility."

    It's "designed to deliver standard hydrocortisone replacement to patients via a pump that replicates more closely cortisol’s natural rhythmic secretion pattern."

    It's not just in the lab — they've started trials on the subcutaneous pump and so far it's "revealed promising results."

    If you're familiar with British understatement, that probably means patients were cured of everything that ails them, grew taller and better looking, and gained 12 IQ points. But we'll settle for "This could be in the real world in a few years."

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