|During the last quarter of 2011, we made a practice changing decision at Ward Drug Company, to sell our “regular” prescription files to CVS Pharmacy in Nashville. Our consideration to make this move bordered around the opportunity to re-engineer our practice model to allow us to delve more deeply into our passion for “Wellness” care. Our core belief, for some time now, is that many patients are maintained at a level of “sickness”, continually increasing the plethora of prescription drugs that they consume on a daily basis, without realizing beneficial results. While certain prescriptions are certainly necessary and beneficial, we continue to believe that many prescription drugs create rather than solve problems, and may be producing some long-term, irreversible side effects. Case in point would be statin drugs(ie Lipitor, Crestor, etc) and proton pump inhibitors(ie. Nexium, Prevacid, Protonix, etc) which are continually cited for their long term detrimental side effect profile. Our passion and belief is that a properly maintained patient, who is willing to modify their lifestyle(proper diet, manageable weight, sufficient exercise) can become very healthy without excessive use of prescription drugs. Often times these lifestyle changes must be accompanied by a regimen of pharmaceutical grade supplements, managed by a competent pharmacist.
Our experience thus far, has well exceeded our expectations!! We are seeing a majority of our patients lessen the overuse of prescription medications by taking a more physiological “natural” approach to supplementation, in conjunction with proper oversight by our specially trained pharmacists. We have devices currently available to us that offer non-invasive, analytical testing to identify stressors and nutritional deficiencies that many times are the crux of our current disease state.
We are posturing to bring a Physician Assistant on board in the near future to assist us in our endeavors. Currently, our suite of services offers a physician supervised, effectively successful weight loss and MANAGEMENT program, helping patients healthfully reduce and maintain their weight. Our on-site reflexologist, Cheryl Burke, is tops in her field and has introduced many of our patients to this effective natural stress relief therapy. Our skin care specialist, Wendy Harris, offers unique radio-fractive wave treatments that safely reduces wrinkles, cellulite, and unsightly fat deposits.
Ward Specialty Pharmacy continues to offer many specialties that we formerly excelled in, including Diabetic shoes and footwear, Diabetic testing supplies, a full line Home Medical Equipment(billable to Medicare/Medicaid), and a custom compounding prescription lab, creating specialty compounds to solve health problems for both humans and animals.