What do you do at Wells Pharmacy Network (WPN)?
Primarily, my role includes the research & development of devising and formulating compounded products for the sterile product formulary, including lyophilized product and process development. In addition to formulating the preparations, I am intimately involved in the research of drug stability, as well as the compatibility, appropriateness, and strength of excipients within the formula to ensure the product’s safety and efficacy.
I also serve as a clinical liaison to physicians as a clinical educator, preparing and presenting professional-grade webinars. In addition, I give professional speaking engagements at physician group conferences and symposiums throughout the country, covering a wide range of subjects, medications, and their appropriate use. Lastly, I serve as a preceptor & clinical assistant professor for several Colleges of Pharmacy to graduate-level pharmacy students, educating them in various aspects of pharmaceutical compounding.
What do you like best about working with customers/clients?
It’s really quite rewarding when working with patients to learn that preparing a specialized compound for them resulted in an improvement in their quality of life or assisted them with a medical issue, they suffered from that was previously unfulfilled with traditional therapies and medication options.
In your opinion, what value(s) do customers gain by working with WPN?
Customers who work with WPN gain an entire team of individuals striving to provide them with not only an effective medication, but also a commitment to service, providing them with an assurance of both quality and safety unmatched in the industry.
How do you support WPN’s mission and dedication to improving the health and safety of customers’ patients?
I support WPN’s dedication to the improvement of health by continually seeking and developing alternative medicinal therapies to treat a patient’s symptoms that have been unresolved via traditional medicine. On the subject of safety, the safety of the patient is always at the forefront of concern and is constantly addressed through my commitment to thoroughly research each product and ensure its integrity/safety for patient use. In addition, voluntarily registering for and passing the arduous exam for Board of Certification in Sterile Compounding and being the first in the nation to achieve such credential, offers support to my commitment of ensuring the safety of sterile compounded medications provided by WPN.
Why are you proud to work at WPN?
As a proven leader in the industry, WPN has grown to be a nationally recognized name in safe and effective compounded medications, with a commitment to quality that is at times, burdensome, but certainly a leader in the field of pharmaceutical compounding. Being a part of such a recognizable name in the industry, with a national presence and footprint, and an unparalleled approach to meeting quality compounding standards, working at WPN provides the compounding pharmacist a venue to explore, enrich, and develop their skills safely in an environment like no other.
What are the biggest challenges faced by WPN and its customers in the current healthcare environment?
Certainly, one of the biggest challenges facing WPN is continually meeting the constantly changing Federal-level guidelines and requirements for pharmaceutical compounding, while simultaneously adhering to the multiple State-level regulations throughout the U.S. However, WPN is committed to adhering to, and quite often exceeding these changing requirements as they are proposed/implemented.
What is the one lesson you’ve learned in the industry that has helped you most?
Being in the industry for nearly 20 years, there are many things I could point to as lessons learned. However, the one thing that has always stayed true is that as a compounding pharmacist, the research, learning, and lessons never stop. The compounding pharmacist must continually ask themselves thought-provoking questions and seek answers through research, trial & error testing of formulations, and then more research. I suppose you could say it’s possible that a good compounding pharmacist’s lessons aren’t ever truly learned in full.