The FDA says they're breaking the law, but some Amarillo pharmacists insist defying the agency is the right thing to do.
At least three local pharmacies are filling prescriptions with estriol, a menopausal drug component with no approval from the FDA. The government aims to put a stop to the production of estriol pills, but pharmacists we spoke with say they'll keep dispensing the compounded hormone because their patients depend on it.
"I'm doing the right thing for my patients. I'm giving them a choice. I'm providing them the alternative they have asked for," says Johnson. She points out her patients have never complained of any adverse symptoms from the estriol based compound she sells. She says she's been taking the drug herself for four years. But the FDA warns it does not review estriol or other compounded drugs for safety.