Steven Nassar, PharmD Candidate 2019
Compounding, the most creative aspect to pharmacy, holds a special place at Med Specialities. They have a service based model here so that the patient is always taken care of and are even able to ship out their products to their customers. They explained how they recently had to make 4000 malaria chips (pellets) for penguins from the San Diego Zoo, or how they may have had to make a transdermal beta-blocker patch. These prescriptions not commercially made, can only be obtained through a compounding pharmacy. One of the areas that they mainly specialize in is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). It was just so fascinating to see what can be done in such a unique way. The store is now owned and operated by Jorge Serrano Sr. and Jr. and PIC is Ashley Shibuya, PharmD from WesternU’s class of 2017. One thing that also caught my attention was their push for staying in the loop with laws and regulation. Honestly it appears this is something that we overlook in terms of importance in Pharmacy school because as students we have some protection but once we delve into the real world, laws and regulations become much more real. They explained how their initiative to get on USP 800 guidelines and having a clean room was something both costly but effective since they pursued it in such a short time.