Insight Into the Benefits of an Independent Compounding Pharmacy
What prompted you to open your own pharmacy rather than stay at the big chain pharmacy where you first worked?
After graduating pharmacy school, I worked 17 years in a pharmacy located inside a grocery store. During my time there, I noticed a disconnect between the prescription medications dispensed and the possible effect a patient’s nutrition and lifestyles may have had on his or her conditions.
What can people do to boost their immune systems?
Boosting the immune system involves a three-pronged approach. First, I determine if the person has high risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes, or other issues. If so, I would ensure it’s being managed it by staying on prescription medications. Next, I discuss lifestyle factors, such as drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, and avoiding overconsumption of alcohol and sugar-laden foods. Finally, I add high-quality supplements of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc to aid basic immune function. The amount I suggest of each of these depends on the individual, so it’s very customized. It can be dangerous to take too much of certain supplements, so talk to a pharmacist first, preferably at an independent pharmacy or integrative medicine doctor first.
Can you talk about one promising supplement that people may not have heard about?
Recent studies report promising immune-boosting effects of N-acetylcysteine, or NAC. This supplement is a potent antioxidant with drug-like action, but all prevention oriented. NAC increases levels of the antioxidant, glutathione. It also boosts the activity of vitamins already in your system and protects the lungs and kidneys – two things that COVID19 attacks.
What should people look for when shopping for supplements?
You won’t find the highest quality supplements at your grocery store or big chain pharmacy. The best ones belong to a supplement class known as nutraceuticals. They’ve been tested in independent labs, which you can often verify by checking the label for an NSF or USP seal. If there’s no seal apparent, check the company’s website for verification. You can find these at an independent compounding pharmacy like ours, or get it from a functional medicine practitioner, such as a chiropractor or nutritionist.
What is a specialty compounding pharmacy?
Compounding pharmacies are typically independently owned and operate with a unique patient-centered philosophy. Unlike other pharmacies, they have the ability to compound, or make customized medicines suited to each person’s unique needs. At Flower Mound Pharmacy, we use a prevention-based approach when addressing the current COVID pandemic. My goal is to use both conventional medicines, therapeutic supplements, and a common-sense lifestyle approach to minimize or avoid hospitalizations. We offer one-on-one consultations to discuss healthcare needs and goals. Following your doctor’s recommendations, we work closely with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that goes well beyond prescription drug therapy. For more details of the myriad services we offer, visit
flowermoundpharmacy.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Expert
Dennis Song, RpH
Flower Mound Pharmacy
Dennis Song opened his pharmacy in 1998 over 22 years ago. In addition to being a registered pharmacist who is knowledgeable about all aspects of traditional medicine, Dennis is an expert on integrative medicine, supplements, and nutrition. He strives to serve the community as a reliable source of information and support for customers’ health concerns. The pharmacy provides prescription drugs, immunizations, compounding, and other clinical services
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