At Physicians Preference Pharmacy, we believe that the quality of your compounded hormones directly affects the way you feel and how you respond to those hormones. We also believe that we have some of the strictest quality standards in compounding, so we put it to the test. Recently, we conducted a market analysis of five local pharmacies to address some of the issues we most commonly hear. You may be surprised by what we found:
Reality: While it’s true that the state boards of pharmacy require certain standards, Physicians Preference Pharmacy has taken it a step further. In 2007, Physicians Preference Pharmacy was among the first in the nation to receive accreditation from the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) and maintains accreditation to date. This seal of approval is the gold standard in compounding and ranks Physicians Preference Pharmacy as one of the nation’s best in quality and safety.
Reality: It’s widely known that compounded prescriptions are generally not covered by insurance. Of the pharmacies we surveyed, even the ones that claim to accept insurance admitted that it was highly unlikely that compounds would be covered. Ultimately, guests end up paying the full cash price whether the pharmacy files their insurance or not.
Reality: If you compare Physicians Preference Pharmacy pricing, you’ll find that we are not the lowest. However, you will likely be surprised at just how competitive we are. Considering how much extra care is taken to ensure that you feel your best, month after month, we believe you’ll find Physicians Preference Pharmacy is worth every penny.
Reality: Physicians Preference Pharmacy’s standard turnaround time is to ship all prescriptions within 24 – 48 hours. Typically, you’ll receive your order within 3-5 business days. All but one of the surveyed pharmacies took 5 – 10 days to deliver the order. Yes, there are a lot of local compounding pharmacies that may be close to your home or office. But does that really beat the convenience of having the package delivered right to your doorstep?
Reality: This couldn’t be further from the truth. Do you get your prescriptions from Physicians Preference Pharmacy? If not, do you find yourself calling the phone nurse every month to make adjustments? The problem may lie in the quality of your hormones. Physicians Preference Pharmacy goes above and beyond state requirements to ensure that you are getting just what you are prescribed – nothing more, nothing less – but not all pharmacies do. As one of our standards, we send hormone samples to an outside lab for potency testing to verify that the accurate amount of active ingredient, i.e. progesterone, estrogen, thyroid, etc., is present in the capsule.
A variance of 10% is accepted practice. Of six pharmacies surveyed, Physicians Preference Pharmacy averaged a 5% variance, while other results ranged from NO active ingredient up to 400%!
What does this mean to you?
It means the difference between feeling poorly or feeling like yourself again.