Your access to compounded medications is once again at risk because of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


Here are the facts:

  • Recently, Congress passed the Drug Quality and Security Act.
  • This law may allow FDA to regulate interstate compounded medications.
  • Your prescription could be affected if it is filled in a state other than your own.
  • The FDA is restricting you from necessary compounded medications if you don't live in the same state as the pharmacy you have chosen.

Here's what you can do:


Protect your right to choose where and when you fill your prescription for compounded drugs. Go to and give your opinion about FDA's proposed limitations to your right to use compounded medicine.


Cherry Angiomas

Written by Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy


Do you have bright red, sometimes raised, sometimes flat spots that seem to appear on your skin out of nowhere? Did your doctor tell you they are harmless and people get them as they age?


In his book "Dr. Chi's Fingernail and Tongue Analysis", Dr. Chi says cherry angiomas are created when estrogen attacks peripheral blood vessels, causing an aneurysm. This suggests hormones may be a major factor in cherry angioma formation.

While we don't know for sure what causes cherry angiomas, they have been associated with excess estrogen and copper, bromide toxicity and a vitamin C deficiency leading to weakened blood vessel walls.  Cherry angiomas have been observed in pregnancy and with immune system suppression including chemotherapy.

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May is National Osteoporosis Month:

Diabetes and Osteoporosis - Is Vitamin D the Missing Link?

Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD - Women's International Pharmacy

Studies suggest that osteoporosis and bone fractures are a significant and under-reported complication of Diabetes Mellitus (DM). An increase in osteopenia and bone fracture risk, coupled with a decrease in bone mineral density (BMD), is well documented in diabetics with little or no insulin production (Type I).

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This same risk in diabetics with insulin resistance (Type II) is more uncertain. Even though Type II diabetics have a higher BMD than the non-diabetic population, both Type II and Type I diabetics have an increased risk of experiencing an osteoporosis-related fracture.


There may be more than just low BMD involved. Cytokines are substances made in immune system cells that have negative effects in both diabetes and osteoporosis.  Vitamin D is known to be beneficial to the immune system as well as helpful in maintaining bone health.


Scientists have recently theorized that vitamin D may be beneficial in preventing Type I and Type II diabetes. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that high doses of vitamin D are associated with a decreased risk of Type I diabetes when cod liver oil is given to babies or mothers in their third trimester.


Multiple studies suggest that vitamin D has a positive effect on pancreatic cells as well as on insulin production, secretion and sensitivity.  Higher blood levels of vitamin D3 are associated with a lower risk of metabolic syndrome in Type II diabetics.  Poor blood sugar control has been observed during the winter months when vitamin D from the sun is less available.


Wouldn't it be wonderful if vitamin D could help build strong bones while combatting diabetes at the same time?   Further research is warranted.


"Prevalence and Determinants of Osteoporosis in Patients with Type I and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus" by G. Leidig-Bruckner, S. Grobholz, T. Bruckner, et al; BMC Endocrine Disorders 2014; 14(33):1-13.


"Osteoporosis and Diabetes" by D.L. Chau and S.V. Edelman; Clinical Diabetes 2002;20(3):153-157.


"Osteoporosis: An Under-appreciated Complication of Diabetes" by S.A. Brown and J.L. Sharpless; Clinical Diabetes; 2004; 22(1):10-20.


"Vitamin D and Diabetes Mellitus" by C.V. Harinarayan; Hormones; 2014; 13(2):163-181.


"What People with Diabetes Need to Know About Osteoporosis"

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In This Issue
It Takes a Lot of Gall: The Impudence of the Lowly Gall Bladder
Cherry Angiomas
Diabetes and Osteoporosis - Is Vitamin D the Missing Link?

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