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Author's Note: What's a compounding pharmacy?

Before compounding pharmacies were in the news, I had no idea that one of the biggest pharmacy retailers in our town compounded. Although I was initially skeptical about the point of compounding pharmacies, I've come around to see that there can be a benefit to a custom-made alternative to Big Pharma. Especially when my alternative is horse urine.

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