Women's International Pharmacy E-Newsletter

PCAB Celebratory

Women's International Pharmacy is proud to announce that we have just earned the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board's (PCAB) Seal of Accreditation for meeting and/or exceeding national quality standards.

As you know, our pharmacy is regulated by the state. PCAB® Accreditation is an additional, voluntary step to ensure we meet the compounding pharmacy profession's most rigorous review and inspection measures. To earn the designation "PCAB Accredited® compounding pharmacy," we completed an extensive application that was reviewed by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board. Our compounding policies and procedures were then reviewed by professionals. Next, we opened our doors for an extensive on-site inspection led by compounding experts. Our pharmacy was awarded accreditation only when these stringent evaluations were completed and our pharmacy was deemed compliant with PCAB's quality and safety standards.

We are honored to earn this new accreditation, as it sets us apart from other compounding pharmacies. Achieving accreditation is a strong statement of our pharmacy's commitment to providing high quality compounded medications for our community.

If you would like more information on our PCAB Accreditation or have questions about our compounding pharmacy, please call us at 800.279.5708 or visit the PCAB Web site at www.pcab.org


Wally Simons
President and CEO
Women's International Pharmacy 

PCAB Celebratory

Beyond Fatigue

Beyond FatigueFatigue is one of the primary complaints that doctors hear from their patients, day after day, week after week. Not only is it a symptom of many health conditions, it is also a result of lifestyle factors such as poor diet, dehydration, high stress and too little sleep.

Thus, it is not surprising that reporting fatigue as a symptom often sends both practitioners and their patients on a scavenger hunt for a diagnosis, especially when fatigue occurs in conjunction with other generalized symptoms such as pain, trouble sleeping and "brain fog."

But chronic fatigue is very real, as is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Just ask the more than one million American adults (approximately 80% of which are women) that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now believe may be affected by CFS. Add to that over five million adults (as reported by the CDC in 2005) who may suffer from chronic fatigue associated with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). And the millions more that have symptoms of chronic fatigue but do not quite meet the CDC guidelines for a CFS diagnosis.

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Mitochondrial Dysfunction & Hypothyroidism
Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD - Women's International Pharmacy

Mitochondria are biological structures that produce energy within cells. They act much like engines that produce energy within cars. Fuel (food) combines with oxygen, which combines with one or more catalysts (vitamins) within each cell to ignite energy production.

Lack of cell energy has been associated with conditions such as autism, chronic fatigue, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease, hypothyroidism, MS and obesity. Drugs, environmental toxins and insulin resistance may trigger mitochondrial dysfunction, while thyroid hormones are known to enhance energy production in skeletal muscle cells.

Energy production is compromised in people with hypothyroidism. One study found evidence that elevated TSH (an indicator of low thyroid function) resulted in decreased energy production in 34 obese adolescents compared to 32 lean adolescents. Another study found mitochondrial dysfunction in blood cells obtained from persons with subclinical hypothyroidism (elevated TSH, normal T4 and minimal to no physical symptoms). The ratio of T4 to T3 thyroid hormones in these subjects was low when compared with normal subjects.

Vitamins, particularly thiamine (B1), minerals and other nutrients, like Coenzyme Q 10 and L-Carnitine, are also helpful for maintaining healthy energy-producing cells.


Hormones Matter, on-line newsletter at http://www.hormonesmatter.com

"Why Fatigue Matters in Thyroid Disease" by Chandler Marrs PhD; Nov 7, 2013.

"Could Autism Be Linked to Mitochondrial Dysfunction?" by Lisa Bloomquist; Apr 14, 2014.

"Links Between Thyroid Hormone Action, Oxidative Metabolism, and Diabetes Risk?" by S. Crunkhorn and M.E. Patti; Thyroid; 2008 Feb:227-37.

"Subclinical Hypothyroidism Affects Mitochondrial Function" by J. Kvetny, L. Wilms, P.L. Pedersen and J. Larsen; Horm Metab Res; 2010 May; 42(5):324-7.

"Evidence of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Obese Adolescents" by L. Wilms, J. Larsen, P.L. Pedersen and J. Kvetny; Acta Paediatr; 2010 Jun; 99(6):906-11.



Staff at Women's International Pharmacy



In This Issue
Women's International Pharmacy Accredited by PCAB
Beyond Fatigue
Mitochondrial Dysfunction & Hypothyroidism

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