- What initial and on-going training is required for the pharmacy staff members?
- What ongoing education do staff members receive? Do they participate in formal continuing compounding education programs?
- Does the pharmacy have a quality assurance and continuous quality improvement program?
- Does the pharmacy have its compounded preparations tested for potency to ensure you are getting the right amount of medication?
- Is the pharmacy PCAB accredited, the highest accreditation possible for a compounding pharmacy?
- How are patients educated on the appropriate use of their compounded prescriptions? Does their clinical staff spend time answering their questions in a professional, compassionate manner?
- How long has the pharmacy been in business? Are they a totally dedicated compounding facility that specializes in compounding only or do they also provide other types of pharmacy services?
- PCAB Accredited
- Human and Veterinary Compounding
- Serving You and Your Family for Over 25 Years
Patient Frequently Asked Questions
How are you different than a “regular” pharmacy?
Unlike regular pharmacies that dispense medications that have been mass produced, each medication that we dispense is prepared in our lab, pursuant to a physician’s prescription, based on an individual patient need. We use state of the art equipment and do extensive research on ingredients and drug therapies to ensure the best medication is provided to you. We specialize in solving medication problems so you can receive a successful therapeutic outcome from your medication.
Do you fill non-compounded prescriptions?
Yes we do, however we do not stock many medications. We are happy to order non-compounded medications and have them ready for you in just a couple of days.
Can I transfer an existing prescription to your pharmacy?
Absolutely. One of our pharmacists can call your pharmacy to transfer your prescriptions. We welcome the opportunity to earn your business!
How do I know if my hormone levels are within balance?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions by our customers, including both men and women.
For overall good health, both mentally and physically, our hormone levels should be at proper levels and balanced. When our hormone levels start to lose balance, unwanted symptoms and disorders may occur, causing discomfort and possibly even increasing risk for other disease.
The most common symptoms of hormone imbalance may include:
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Foggy thinking and poor concentration
- Headaches (for cycling women, severe headaches just prior to menstruation)
- Weight Gain – especially around the abdominal area
- Irritability and mood fluctuations
- Lost zest for life
- Loss of sexual appetite and desire
- Vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse
Any of the above physical symptoms may occur at any time in our lives indicating that our hormone levels may need some attention.
What is the difference between blood and saliva hormone testing?
Hormone testing is usually done using either collection of blood serum or saliva. Blood serum requires your physician to write a prescription, where as the saliva test kits can be purchased without a physicians prescription and is easy to self administer for patients that may not have a physician or are just interested in the saliva method. Both methods are commonly used and both have strengths and weaknesses. Here is what you should consider when deciding which test is right for you.
Saliva vs. Blood Serum Testing
Many people believe that saliva testing is the best test available for establishing the true levels of DHEA, Cortisol, Testosterone, Progesterone, and Estrogen in the body. This is because the saliva tests measure the hormones on the cellular level vs. blood serum testing which test how much hormone is in the bloodstream.
Saliva is less invasive than blood testing and is easy and convenient. The patient simply spits into a tube and mails the sample into the lab. However, keep in mind that if you are currently using hormone therapy with sublingual dosage forms, such as drops, sprays, or lozenges, this form of testing may not be as accurate as these dosage forms may affect the saliva glands. Additionally, many insurance companies will not cover the cost of saliva testing.
Blood Serum Testing
This form of testing has been used for many years and most hospitals and labs use this form of testing. As a result, insurance companies are familiar with blood testing and often cover the costs of the tests.
The downside of blood testing is that it is considered to be a broad ranging method that measures the hormone at the specific time of collection. If the patient is stressed out during the testing, the results may not be an accurate picture of what the normal everyday level of hormone is.
There is a lot of controversy about which method is the best and has been an ongoing topic of discussion. Whichever method you choose, it is best to establish a baseline of your hormone levels and then use the same type of testing for future testing.
Hoye’s Pharmacy use ZRT Test Kits – we have continually trusted the research and support that ZRT Labs has offered to the public regarding hormone balance for both men and women. Their continued commitment to education, training and research has demonstrated over the years their commitment to quality.
Want more information: Call our nutrition specialists to discuss your needs and order your saliva test kit today!
800-788-8123 x2201 or 813-839-8861 x2201
Why should I use a compounding pharmacy?
Many patients have special needs when it comes to taking a medication. Some patients cannot swallow a tablet and need their medication put into a different dosage form, such as a liquid or a cream. Others may need a dose that is not available or they may need a medication that has been discontinued or is on back order. Many patients are allergic to the excipients, dyes and fillers used in capsules and tablets and need a “clean” medication. Whatever the need, a compounding pharmacy can help provide medications to patients when they are unable to obtain them from a regular pharmacy.
What is compounding?
Compounding is the art of customizing a medication to a specific patient. The medication is prepared in a laboratory using a combination of ingredients, as prescribed by a physician.