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Healthway Pharmacy of St. Charles, Michigan and Healthway Compounding Pharmacy of Saginaw, Michigan are owned and operated by Michael E. Collins, R.Ph., F.I.A.C.P., who has been practicing the art of compounding for nearly 20 years. Collins opened Healthway Pharmacy in St. Charles, Michigan in 1985. Originally starting out as a traditional pharmacy, Collins saw the need for the formulation of medications outside of what was commercially available. So he built a compounding lab in his pharmacy and began compounding specialty medications. Soon, however, the word spread of these individualized medications and in 1994 a new pharmacy was built hosting a fully operational state-of-the-art compounding lab. Collins’ practice grew by leaps and bounds and physicians from several counties were ordering specialty prescription medication. To accommodate these patients, a second pharmacy, Healthway Compounding Pharmacy, whose primary focus is compounding, was opened in Saginaw, Michigan in January of 2001.
Both locations are professional office style practices that are unique, compared to other community-based pharmacies, both in atmosphere and in handling patient needs. Working with top pain specialists and OB/Gyns throughout the state, Healthway’s focus has leaned toward pain management and women’s health. The practice also handles numerous other custom-made prescriptions, including a fair amount of compounded veterinary prescriptions. Healthway has been instrumental in aiding veterinarians in developing unique combinations of medications and dosage forms for treating animals.
The St. Charles pharmacy is a commercial pharmacy whereas the Saginaw pharmacy’s specialty is compounding. As of January 2011, the Saginaw pharmacy is billing major insurances for compounded prescriptions. Assistance is offered in the way of providing reimbursement forms to the patients with compounded prescriptions that are not covered. In many instances, the patient is able to recover his/her costs.
Healthway offers in-depth patient consultations in the areas of nutrition, menopause and andropause. All fee related. Collins is a certified menopause educator and much of his practice is spent counseling women on hormone replacement therapy and managing menopausal symptoms. Collins is well respected in the medical community for his knowledge of natural bio-identical hormone replacement and pain management. He is recognized by his colleagues as being in the top 10% of compounding pharmacists in the country for his innovation and dedication to the art of compounded medicines.
Pharmacist Amy Dwyer, is a certified nutritionist and offers nutritional consultations for a fee.
Healthway’s interest for the future lies in nutrition, integrated medicine and practice-based outcomes in a community setting. The goal of both pharmacies is to expand its community-based practice, advance pharmacy practice and develop new knowledge to improve patient care.
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