Homewood pharmacist makes his own flu medicine


MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS. JEFF: ON MY VISIT TO HOMEWOOD TODAY IT WAS EASY TO FIND SOMEBODY WHO’S HAD THE FLU THIS SEASON.>>IT FELT LIKE I GOT HIT BY A BUS. JEFF: THE PHARMACIST JUST DOWN THE STREET SAYS THE FLU HAS SIMPLY TAKEN OVER.>>BIG TIME. JEFF: RYAN HAMILTON OWNER OF THE HOMEWOOD PHARMACY SAYS MORE THAN 30% OF THE HOMEWOOD POPULATION SUFFERING FROM THE FLU. SIXFOLD OVER LAST YEAR. AND ACROSS THE AREA, A PROBLEM.>>WE’RE HAVING A SHORTAGE IN THE LIQUID SUSPENSION OF TAMIFLU WHICH IS USED FOR THE CHILDREN JEFF: THE ADULT CAPSULES THAT CAN HELP PREVENT THE FLU AND EASE ITS SYMPTOMS ARE STILL AVAILABLE.>>WE ARE ABLE TO COMPOUND OUR OWN SUSPENSION USING THE CAPSULES. WE HAVE THE FORMULA FOR THAT. JEFF: AND YES, THEY HAVE SOME CHERRY FLAVORING TOO. EVEN AT THIS SMALLER PHARMACY THEY’RE GETTING AT LEAST THREE QUARTERS A DAY FOR THE LIQUID. ONE THING NOT COMPOUNDING THE PROBLEM IS THE COST OF THE MEDICINE. BECAUSE OF THE EPIDEMIC, ALABAMA’S INSURER BLUE CROSS AND