“The compounding lab has already seen great results in a lot of the mixtures we’ve created,and these are for the betterment of people’s lives.” – Tonya Farmer
Farmer’s MedShoppe features the only compounding lab in Marion County. In fact, the nearest compounding lab to the one at Farmer’s MedShoppe is in Hattiesburg!
“We are staying ahead of the competition,” Clayton Farmer expressed. “The compounding lab affords us the opportunity and versatility to fill prescriptions, organically. A lot of people are health-conscious, and they want medicine in the most natural form. Medications formed through a compounding formula can be just as effective as a pill.”
Farmer’s MedShoppe introduced the compounding lab in October of 2014, and it has complemented The Clinic and pharmacy quite effectively. Compounding is simply a preparation containing several ingredients. Courtney Hunt, who is the pharmacist that manages the compounding lab, shared the reasons why one would seek out the Farmer’s MedShoppe compounding lab.
“Someone might have a unique need such as a medication that isn’t available in the dosage form that they need such as liquid, topical, suppository, etc. Some patients also have allergies to fillers that are used commercially, and those allergies can be avoided by compounding the medication. Compounding also allows us to combine many different medications together in one dosage form.”
Furthermore, a patient who comes to the compounding lab can obtain a wide variety of treatments including wart creams, pain creams, scar creams, many different hormone formulations, antifungals, anti-nausea medications as well as medications with altered flavors for children.
How does compounding fit into today’s world of medicine?
“Compounding has been around for a long time, but it declined when commercial drug manufacturers were born. Today, it’s making its way back as patients and prescribers realize the need for customized medications,” Hunt said.
Success stories of the compounding lab…
“Two success stories that stick out are women that used our scar formulations,” Hunt recalled. “One had a deep cut on her cheek, and that left a terrible wound and scar. After using our Tranilast/Caffeine/Pentoxifylline Topical Gel for only a month, she came back to our pharmacy and showed us the results. Her scar was getting its color back and was also shrinking. She was thrilled! The other lady had been burned badly on her face. She used only our Pracasil Gel for scars. In a week’s time, her burns were almost unnoticeable!”
“The compounding lab has already seen great results in a lot of the mixtures we’ve created, and these are for the betterment of people’s lives. The created medications are something positive and not addictive,” Tonya Farmer added. She is the co-owner of Farmer’s MedShoppe.
What’s behind the passion of the pharmacist in the compounding lab?
“During my last year of pharmacy school, I had a clinical rotation in a compounding pharmacy that sparked my interest,” Hunt reflected. “I enjoyed making things specifically for patients that had unique needs. I found it to be very rewarding.” (Learn more about Dr. Hunt, below.)
If you are having difficulty finding a prescribed medicine, contact the compounding lab at Farmer’s MedShoppe, here.
Meet the Compounding Pharmacists.
Tonya Farmer is a Certified Pharmacy Technician and Co-Owner of The Clinic at Farmer’s MedShoppe. Tonya Farmer met her husband and co-owner of The Clinic at Farmer’s MedShoppe when she was 10 years old, and they met at church camp. She recalls the day they met, “I thought he was the most handsome man I’d ever seen in my life.”
They didn’t start dating, though, until 15 or so years later and married soon thereafter. Tonya is from across the river from Foxworth in Columbia. She’s a graduate of Columbia Academy.
Tonya’s employment background is in construction. Early in her career, Tonya worked for TL Wallace Construction–her father’s company. Tonya later left her father’s business to open her own construction firm, TLW Inc. (Tonya Lanette Wallace). In 2012, she closed her construction firm to solely focus on Farmer’s MedShoppe.
In addition to being an employee and co-owner of The Clinic at Farmer’s MedShoppe, Tonya and Clayton are the parents of a son (Wallace-11) and daughter (Gracelyn-8). Tonya’s and Clayton’s inspiration comes from their daughter Anna Grace (Wallace’s twin) who passed after eight and a half months due to a heart defect. Tonya and Clayton are involved with the Anna Grace Farmer Adoption Center in Tupelo, Mississippi. It’s an adoption agency through New Beginnings.
“Through her life, I hope to make other lives better. I don’t want her life to be in vain. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life crying because she’s not here. I don’t want her to be forgotten. She made me a better person. She made my husband a better person.”
Courtney Hunt is a Doctor of Pharmacy who manages the Farmer’s MedShoppe compounding lab. Courtney shares how she became interested in the compounding lab, “I did a clinical rotation in my last year of pharmacy school in a compounding pharmacy that sparked my interest. I enjoyed making things specifically for patients that had unique needs. I found it to be very rewarding.”
Courtney earned her Associate Degree from Southwest Mississippi Community College. Then, she earned her Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science and Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi. Courtney is married to Neil Hunt. They have a white Labrador Retriever named Jake. Courtney enjoys fishing, running, cross fit, biking, and gardening. Originally, Courtney is from Sandy Hook, Mississippi.
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