Houston, TX 10/30/08: Community Pharmacist Chuck Fulmer, RPh, FIACP with Partners in Care, Inc. in Gainesville GA, Recently attended Professional Compounding Center of America’s (PCCA) three-day, International Seminar in Sugar Land, TX. October 23-25, 2008. Compounding pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and practitioners from throughout the United States, Canada and Australia, attended the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited seminar, which featured the latest innovations in pharmacy compounding – the method of custom-preparing medications to meet physicians and patients unique needs.
The keynote speaker included: Jennifer Berman, MD, urologist and internationally renowned expert and pioneer in the field of the female urology and female sexual medicine; and Kenneth Bock, MD, FACAM, FAAFP, FACN, CNS, co-founder and co-director of the Rhinebeck Health Center & The Center for Progressive Medicine in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Dr. Berman discussed a multidisciplinary approach to women’s health-related issues and concerns, including anti-aging concerns, the current practice of hormone replacement therapy, and arousal dysfunction in women. Dr. Bock discussed the significantly increased prevalence of ADHD, asthma and allergies over the past two decades, and the roles of oxidative stress and chronic inflammation as the links between these disorders. He described the role of various dietary modifications in the treatment of these disorders. He also provided an update on autism, providing nutritional, dietary and pharmacological treatment approaches to this disorder.
Other featured speaker included: PCCA member pharmacists Jenny Yoakum, RPh; Dee Downing, RPh; Doug Higgins, RPh; Diane Boomsma, PharmD; John Preckshot, RPh, CCN, FIACP; Vern Betlach, RPh; and PCCA Pharmacy Consultants Annie DeReese, PharmD; Gus Bassani, PharmD; Bruce Biundo, RPh; Keisha Lovoi, RPh; Tricia Heitman, PharmD; Monica Kaul, RPh; Chris Simmons, RPh; and A.J. Day, PharmD; PCCA QC/QA & Regulatory Affairs Director Megan Jeffrey, MS; International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) Executive Director L.D. King and Tom Murray, PharmD., Esq. Executive Director of PCAB.
Partners in Care’s staff regularly attend PCCA’s seminars and training courses, networking with colleagues and obtaining continuing training and education in the art and science of pharmacy compounding. The programs are formatted to enhance knowledge of the latest in compounding techniques, equipment and devices; preparation of the various dosage forms; effective methods of meeting patients and physicians needs; and administrative assistance in clean room and compounding laboratory design.
There are several reasons why pharmacists compound prescription medications; yet the most important one is patient non-compliance. Many patients are allergic to preservatives or dyes, or are sensitive to standard drug strengths. With a physician’s prescription, Partners in Care can change the strength of the medication, alter its form to make it easier for the patient to ingest, or add flavor to it to make it more palatable. The pharmacist at Partners in Care also prepares medications using unique delivery systems, such as troches or lozenges, lollipops, or transdermal gels.
Chuck is a third generation pharmacist. A Fulmer has practiced pharmacy in Georgia since 1903, when A. C. Fulmer graduated from the Atlanta College of Physicians and Surgeons. Chuck’s great uncle Charlie McClure graduated from Southern College of Pharmacy in Atlanta in 1917. Both Chuck’s mother and father, Eloise and Milton Fulmer, were both Georgia Register Pharmacists. His aunt Sarah Fulmer Szekly was a register pharmacist. Chuck graduated from Mercer University Southern College of Pharmacy in 1960. He has served an instructor for Mercer University and Partners In Care has served as an advanced pharmacy practice site. Partners in Care prepare a wide range of compounded medications both sterile and non-sterile. Compounded medications include natural or bio-identical hormones for women, testosterone medications for men, a wide range of pain medications including gels, nasal sprays, and capsules, and veterinary medications for pets.