WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — While many stores across the area are sold out of hand sanitizer due to the coronavirus outbreak, one place is stocked. That's because they're making it themselves.
The Purdue Pharmacy is compounding hand sanitizer for Greater Lafayette. Pharmacists started creating it two weeks ago after the FDA gave approval.
"We've been able to help childcare centers, sanitation departments, police, fire, EMTs, first responders," listed Purdue Pharmacy Director Nicole Noel.
Most of the orders have come from Tippecanoe County, but pharmacists say there have been orders from as far as Putnam County. They say they will continue to make it as long as they can get the supplies.
"This was a way for all of us to collaborate and have a purpose during this challenging time," said Clinical Associate Professor Jane Krause. "It's been a tremendous honor to be a part of this project."
Since the start, the team has been able to compound more than 100 liters of the sanitizer. The pharmacists said the most difficult part of the process wasn't creating the sanitizer, but finding bottles to put it in.
Krause is an alum of West Lafayette High School and was sharing photos of the team with her former classmates. She explained how hard it was to find bottles to put the sanitizer in, and one of her fellow Red Devils stepped up to help.
"One of my friends and her husband immediately donated 3,000 bottles," said Krause.
Cindy Orr Cohn is a 1976 graduate of West Lafayette. The donation from her husband's bottling company was the last step to make this all a reality.
"It brings tears to my eyes to know there are people in the community where I grew up that can benefit from what Jane and her co-workers are doing at Purdue," said Cohn.
The sanitizer isn't scented or colored, it's made to do it's job with an 80% alcohol content.
"The final product has ethyl alcohol in it, isopropyl alcohol, glycerol, hydrogen peroxide and sterile distilled water," said Noel.
If you don't know what any of that is, don't worry. The experts said all you need to know is this stuff can kill a virus.
Two ounce bottles are for sale at the Purdue Pharmacy for $2.50. However, only two bottles are now being allowed for purchase per transaction. They also ask you call first to see what their current supply is before stopping by. Many bottles have already been donated to non-profits across Tippecanoe County.
The Purdue Pharmacy is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.