“When we opened our doors in 1982, we had a vision of what personalized healthcare for women should be—an integration of exacting pharmaceutical science, state-of-the-
The PCAB Seal of Accreditation is another glowing achievement in a long line of ‘firsts’ for MPA and Women’s Health America:
• First pharmacy in America to specialize in women's health (1982).
• First to identify and develop treatment options for PMS using natural progesterone therapy
• First to introduce low-dose, individualized natural hormone therapy.
• First to offer the most comprehensive hormone therapy program in the nation (Restore®), combining hormone and bone loss testing, individualized prescription care, and follow-up testing to monitor outcomes.
• First to offer prescription patients free follow-up hormone and bone loss testing.
To earn PCAB Accreditation, Madison Pharmacy Associates completed a rigorous 9 month review by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board, opening its doors for an extensive on-site inspection conducted by PCAB pharmacy experts. Only when these stringent reviews were completed did the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board officially grant Madison Pharmacy Associates the PCAB Seal of Accreditation and the right to use the designation “PCAB Accredited™ Pharmacy.”
For the full story and background on WHA and MPA, go to www.womenshealth.com
Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph. - Women’s Health America and Madison Pharmacy Associates Founder and CEO
Marla Ahlgrimm has made educating women about healthcare options her personal mission. An acknowledged women’s health expert and healthcare provider, she was the first in the country to recognize and develop low-dose natural hormone options for treating Premenstrual Syndrome in the 1970s. Since then, she has built her career around serving the unique and complex health needs of women through access to accurate information and quality health products. She holds a degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has co-authored two definitive women’s health books: The HRT Solution and Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome.
The WHA Story
WHA’s story began more than 26 years ago when Ahlgrimm was approached by a doctor who needed help with his patient—a 35-year-old woman who suffered two weeks each month with severe mood swings, irritability, and depression. Through research, Ahlgrimm found that in Europe there was a name for the woman’s condition—premenstrual syndrome.
At that time treatment options prescribed in Europe weren’t available in the United States. Ahlgrimm worked with the woman’s doctor to develop a special prescription that would modify her hormonal fluctuations. Through Ahlgrimm’s work, the woman became the first patient diagnosed with severe PMS in the United States, and the first to use natural progesterone.
Doctors learned of Ahlgrimm’s success and soon brought new patients to her to have individualized prescriptions filled. In 1982, in response to the demand for customized prescription services, Ahlgrimm co-founded Madison Pharmacy Associates, the first compounding pharmacy in America to specialize in women’s hormonal health.
Over the years, many of Ahlgrimm’s patients began coming to her for help with other concerns, including perimenopause, menopause, and osteoporosis. She and her staff continued their research and developed even more innovative, individualized hormone therapies. WHA’s Restore® Program—the first, and still the most comprehensive hormone therapy program in the nation—revolutionized hormone therapy by moving beyond the “one-size-
Today, the specialized nurses, pharmacists, and staff of Madison Pharmacy Associates and Women’s Health America have used Ahlgrimm’s unique approach to work with more than 10,000 healthcare providers, offering individualized hormone therapy to more than 300,000 women—restoring balance, one woman at a time.
Compounding medications is an integral part of the practice of pharmacy and the demand for these customized medications are increasing every year. Yet many people may not even be aware of its role. Compounded medications are prescriptions that are written by physicians and other legally authorized prescribers and prepared for an individual patient by a specially trained pharmacist.
With the high volume of prescriptions that are compounded each year, there has been a need for an enhanced, profession-wide system of standards by which each compounding pharmacy can test its quality processes. While compounding pharmacy is regulated by the state, PCAB Accreditation is an even more comprehensive way to ensure a compounding pharmacy is meeting the highest quality and safety standards.
About the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board
The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board is a not-for-profit corporation formed by eight national pharmacy organizations that recognized the need for a national standards organization for compounding pharmacy. Together, these leading organizations developed the policies and standards for the practice of compounding pharmacy, as well as the PCAB Accreditation criteria and processes.
For more information on PCAB Accreditation, visit the PCAB Web site at www.pcab.org
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About Madison Pharmacy Associates and Women’s Health America
Women's Health America, Inc. is the national leader in the treatment, management, consultation and education of women about premenstrual syndrome (PMS), perimenopause, and menopause. Madison Pharmacy Associates, LLC, established in 1982, was the first pharmacy in the U.S. to focus exclusively on women’s health and is internationally recognized for its expertise in hand compounded prescriptions for individualized low-dose natural hormone therapy. Through their toll-free health hotline staffed by nurses, health educators, and pharmacists (1-800-558-7046)