Pharmacist compounds medicines in wake of Tylenol shortages

An Iowa pharmacy is relying on "old school" methods to provide liquid forms of common medications to children, ABC affiliate KCCI reported Jan. 8.

Leslie Herron, a pharmacist and the owner of Sumpter Pharmacy in Adel, is compounding acetaminophen to fight Tylenol shortages. The FDA defines compounding as the process of combining, mixing or altering ingredients to create medication for an individual patient. People see pharmacists for this process.

"The reason why there's a shortage for children is because there's a shortage of liquid of the Tylenol and Ibuprofen," Ms. Herron said in the report.

Her pharmacy, like many nationwide, has been out of stock for six weeks. Compounding medicine allows her to provide sick children with medication. 

"Before Christmas break, we were having 10-12 rapid strep tests be positive a day," Ms. Herron said in the report.

Her pharmacy is treating people on site for flu, strep threat and other ailments because its wait time is shorter than for urgent care of other healthcare facilities, she said.

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