The outbreak has been a tragedy all around-for those unsuspecting patients in serious pain seeking relief from a steroid injection; for the doctors who unwittingly injected them, trusting that the medicine they used would be safe and sterile; and for compounding pharmacies, which have unfairly received a black eye on their profession for something they have had no hand in. "Compounded medicine is made-from-scratch medicine, using individual ingredients mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form, in the exact amount required by the patient," explained pharmacist Pierre Boutros, who owns Mills Pharmacy and Apothecary in Birmingham with his brother and fellow pharmacist, Hany.
"It's custom medication to meet the patient's needs, and it's wide ranging.
And we must always have a script (prescription) from a doctor to create a compound medication.
Approximately 40 percent of Mills' prescriptions are compounded medication, prepared in a sterile environment separate from the pill dispensing area and the upscale store area.
renovated their pharmacy, expanding into the former Quarton Market, and in the process created a "clean room built for quality assurance to accomplish a sterile environment to make sure, whether we were making a gel or an IV, everything is made in a clean, sterile environment in order to avoid contamination," Boutros
But the new owners - brothers Hany and Pierre Boutros
- say they're excited to offer a major transition for this 65-year-old mainstay that sits at the edge of a comfortable, traditional neighborhood. read more
in Birmingham planning open house
Mills Pharmacy & Apothecary is not new to the Birmingham area; in fact, 2012 marks its 66th anniversary as a well-known staple in the community.
But what is new is the entire look, feel and design of the store, which was completely revamped by pharmacists who boast a combined 30 years of experience, Pierre Boutros
, who bought the business 2 years ago.
The public is invited to an open house this weekend, May 19-20 featuring fresh grilled fare, courtesy of Holiday Market, and tastings, demonstrations and samplings from over 15 different vendors.
"We want to carry on the tradition of the neighborhood pharmacy, where customer service is the most important aspect," said Pierre