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Local Drug Compound in the Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. - There is a place that compounds drugs in the Tri-Cities that many people do not know about.

It is part of the Malley's Pharmacy in Richland.  They create all kinds of drugs for both people and pets.

Anita Case is a pharmacist who helped get the compound started.  She said, "If a person takes a prescription to a store and it's anything out of the ordinary generally they end up here at some point and we're happy to take on those challenges that's why were here."

She said 80 percent of their work involves hormones for women going through Menopause.

Beverly Charvet is the Pharmacy Technician at the drug compound.  She said, "every individual is different and every body is different not everyone has the same chemicals in their body.  We can do a little bit of milligrams for one patient and more for another."

They have been in business for two years and the idea of opening a drug compound first came when they were thinking about ways to stay competitive with the big chains.

Case said, "Several times a week we'd be turning away prescriptions.  Nobody in the Tri-Cities was doing it."

Case said they average 100 prescriptions a month and the main technician has an interesting analogy for the compounding process.  She said, "It's very much like cooking, you get to do dishes, you get to fill up containers.  It's just a lot of fun."

In addition to the prescriptions for people, they also make specialty drugs for pets.  Case said, "Cats are hard to give pills to."