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Pitch Ointment: Applications in Scar and Wound Management

Author(s):  Kloesel Lawson, Carvalho Maria, Banov Fabiana

Issue:  May/Jun 2018 - Volume 22, Number 3
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Abstract:  There is a high incidence of household knife-related injuries requiring emergency department treatment in the U.S. The Pitch Ointment, a named formula developed by a compounding pharmacist, was used separately by two patients who suffered a knife injury in a finger and a foot. This formula combines Pinene (L-Alpha) 0.5% and Canada Balsam 5% in PracaSil-Plus, special ingredients with applications in scar and wound healing. The patients’ level of satisfaction with the Pitch Ointment was very high since all 4 treatment satisfaction domains by the Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire for Medication (effectiveness, side effects, convenience, global satisfaction) were rated over 85. These results are consistent with the clinical improvements observed in the before and after treatment photographs. The success of these case reports is evidence to suggest that the Pitch Ointment may be recommended by compounding pharmacists as a viable treatment option in scar and wound management.

Related Keywords: Lawson Kloesel, RPh, FIACP, Maria Carvalho, PharmD, MRPharmS, PhD, Fabiana Banov, RPh, MS, knife injuries, minor wound, wound healing, pinene (L-alpha), Pracasil-Plus, pracaxl oil, pitch resin, pine , conifer, Canada balsam, balsam fir, topical preparation, scar management, skin regeneration, Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire for Medication, TSQM, treatment compliance, patient satisfaction, case reports, formulation

Related Categories: DERMATOLOGY, EXCIPIENTS, FORMULATIONS, WOUND CARE, CASE REPORTS, DOSAGE FORMS/DRUG CARRIERS

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