More Affordable Compounded Medication For Skin Cancer


Hello again from the Compound Lab!

I wanted to focus today on a treatment that can be used to treat a certain type of skin cancer: superficial basal cell carcinomas (or superficial BCCs).

As the "superficial" portion of its name might suggest, this type of cancer is found on the surface of your skin and is most commonly a result of UV ray damage, whether from sunlight or tanning beds. If a doctor were to diagnose you with BCC, they would likely suggest a few options: surgical removal of the spot(s), photodynamic therapy, and/or a topical chemo drug called fluorouracil.

Surgery is the recommended first-line treatment, but it does have its downsides and isn't the best option for everyone. Photodynamic therapy (or light therapy) also can be a good choice for some patients, but it may not be as successful as surgery--plus, it's not FDA approved for treatment of BCC. Fluorouracil has the advantage of being a topical treatment, and it is FDA approved for BCC treatment... but it can be expensive, with copays on many insurances running $100 or more.

Fortunately, we do have a solution for those seeking a more affordable fluorouracil option. Our fluorouracil compound usually runs half the price of the traditional product despite having the same strength--plus it also contains an active B vitamin to promote skin moisturization and reduce irritation.

If you know someone trying to find an affordable treatment option for BCC, reach out to us! We’d be happy to see if we can save you money!

As always, we're available in the lab Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Or you can email me anytime at brandon.ladage@belewdrugs.com. We’d love to hear from you!


Until next time,

Brandon


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