Sunday, 22 May 2016

Luea Pharmacy - Providing Innovative Medications with a Personal Touch

For centuries, pharmacies have played a critical role in health care. As medical techniques evolved over the years, community pharmacists were on the front lines, preparing and dispensing remedies and offering therapeutic advice to their customers. Along with neighborhood hardware stores and mom-dad-pop grocery stores, small, family-owned pharmacies have all but disappeared from the American landscape. Most pharmacies today are chains, stocked with medicines that have been prefabricated in mass quantities by the pharmaceutical industry.

Located in Swartz Creek, Luea Pharmacy is an exception to this rule. Since 1982, Luea Pharmacy has been family owned and operated, providing patients, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities with a variety of services. Being a small pharmacy means that they get to know each of their patients and can offer the personal care and individual attention that is so often missing from a giant corporation. 

A full service operation, Luea has the only retail sterile facility in Genesee County and a state of the art compound lab on the premises. According to the Professional Compounding Center of America, compounding is "the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients." Working closely with the patient and prescriber, the compounding pharmacist mixes individual ingredients together in precise strengths and dosage forms, customizing a medication to meet the patients specific needs. 

Traditionally, all prescriptions were compounded, but this process was replaced by mass drug manufacturing in the 1950's and 60's. While mass manufacturing produces large quantities of prescriptions in a short period of time, this "one size fits all" approach doesn't work for all patients. Thanks to advances in medical technology, techniques and innovative research, compounding has experienced a revival and allowed pharmacies like Luea to tailor medications to meet patients individual needs.

Through their compounding lab, Luea Pharmacy can assist patients with a wide variety of specialized services. The advantages of compounding is that it allows medication to be customized. One of the easiest ways to customize a medication is by adding flavor. Cough syrup or antibiotics can be flavored like watermelon, grape, or even chocolate, meaning that children or flavor sensitive patients won't avoid taking their medication because of the unpleasant taste. Most compounding flavors are sugar free, and dye free flavors are also available, so people with allergies can be accommodated as well. 

Compounding can also be extremely effective at treating hormone imbalances. Due to menopause or other factors, unbalanced hormones can affect many aspects of a woman's life, including mood, metabolism, and sexual and reproductive health. Luea Pharmacy offers Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Consultation, which allows them to accurately diagnose and treat any hormone deficiencies. Patients fill out a hormone evaluation form and provide a saliva sample. These diagnostic tools are then interpreted to measure a patients hormone levels and determine an appropriate course of treatment. 

By working closely with the patient and her health care provider, a patient will be treated with a hormone replacement regimen that replicates the body's natural processes, bringing her back into balance. Luea's compounding lab has the additional advantage of being able to prepare a variety of dosage forms including capsules, sublingual drops, or topical creams. 

Luea Pharmacy doesn't only treat human patients. They also give their animal patients the highest quality care and attention. Just like people, many animals avoid medication because of the flavor. The compounding lab can create a pill that tastes like bacon or a liquid medication that tastes like fish, meaning that Fido or snowball will take his medicine without a fight. Alternate forms of a particular medicine can also be created, so instead of a pill, your pet could get the treatment it needs in the form of a paste, cream, ointment, or even a biscuit or treat. 

At Luea Pharmacy, the variety of specialized services take patient care to a new level. The needs of each patient are considered in the accurate, specialized treatments and medicines provided. Their individualized approach, in conjunction with their techniques employed by their compounding lab, provide innovative and personalized solutions that corporate pharmacies and mass produced medications can't. Luea Pharmacy is playing an active part in the health care of their patients, just like the neighborhood pharmacies of generations passed. They truly offer "old fashioned service...just like you remember." - Written by Lindsay Crawford, Published in the Michigan Innovative Health Magazine, Spring 2016 Issue.

Luea Pharmacy
8021 Miller Rd.
Swartz Creek, MI 48473

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