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Solutions Pharmacy has answers for summer

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Solutions Pharmacy staff members April Heitmeier and Kyle Rollins are ready to serve
Solutions Pharmacy staff members April Heitmeier and Kyle Rollins are ready to serve

Summer is here, and many people may be dreading the bug bites and humidity. To help beat what comes along with the heat, Solutions Pharmacy compounding specialists offer Summer Gel, their secret formula to ease the symptoms of poison ivy reactions, bee stings and spider bites.

“It literally dries it up,” said hormone specialist Angie Fielden. “Every family should have a tube at their house.” Fielden said a simple dose of apple cider vinegar, sold at Solutions in both liquid and capsule form, helps control the body’s water retention and bloating brought on by humidity, most easily identifiable in swollen ankles.

“When it’s so humid, it just holds that water inside,” she said, but the “dirt cheap” apple cider vinegar is a natural diuretic. “Anyone that has any water retention problems should probably have a bottle of that from June to September,” Fielden said.

Much of Solutions Pharmacy’s business is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, which helps repair low energy and low libido associated with menopause in women and andropause in men. So don’t be fooled by the summer’s oppressive heat, which may be disguising hormone deficiency-caused hot flashes, night sweats and low energy. “If you’re experiencing low energy or low libido it could be low testosterone,” Fielden said.

A free hormone assessment could pinpoint the problem. “We do all of these,” she said. Solutions Pharmacy was opened by Charlie Armstrong in 1960 with just a handful of employees. Now the count is up to 29 employees and owners Jeri Talley, Josh Talley and Tom Beard are breaking ground on an 8,000-squarefoot building in Ooltewah.

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    Solutions Pharmacy pharmacist and owner Tom Beard.

The new building, set to be occupied early next year, is twice as big as the current one on Highway 58 and its layout is customized for better pharmacy flow.

“Our business just continues to grow,” Fielden said. “We’re almost outgrowing the new building that we’re going to go into.”

A big part of the new building will accommodate Solutions Pharmacy’s growing out-of-state shipping component, which co-owner Tom Beard said makes up almost half of all the business.

Solutions is licensed in 27 states and ships all of its products. Beard said Solutions connected with these doctors and patients by hosting booths at industry seminars countrywide. “Then people talk,” he said. “Word of mouth spreads a lot.” Though these patients are far away, Beard said, the important relationship triad of pharmacist-patient-doctor must be maintained, so he talks with every patient over the phone.

“We have to have that relationship,” he said. With out-of-state business growing so quickly — even easily — Beard says he and the other owners are free to stir up more local buzz. Josh Talley, head technician in the compounding department, has been involved in compounding since his parents bought Solutions Pharmacy in 1996. He’s been working there since he was 16 years old, “obviously not compounding,” he said. “You can help anybody with any condition,” Talley said of compounding.

For example, patients may be allergic to the inactive ingredients in mass-marketed prescription drugs, and Solutions Pharmacy can compound those drugs without those fillers.

Specialists can also compound pet medications to make them easier to ingest. If swallowing a pill is too unreliable, a cat’s medicine could be made into a lotion and absorbed through his ears.

Solutions Pharmacy was named the nation’s leading expert in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in 2001 by the American Medical Review. The business is committed to education in the industry and sponsors year-round training seminars for physicians all over the country, including one in Chattanooga.

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