What is Compounding?
Creating compound medications is a combination of timeless medicinal methods and state-of-the-art technology. A Compounding Pharmacy allows trained specialists to create medications that can be completely customized to meet the specific needs of each and every customer.
As the fundamental basis of the pharmacy profession, compounding was the original way to dispense medications. Prescription medications were originally produced in this way before large pharmaceutical companies began to mass-produce. As patients and doctors of today come to realize that the limited number of strengths and dosage forms available on the market currently cannot meet the needs of every patient, the call for compounded medication has increased. Compounding allows the physician the opportunity to prescribe medications to fit all of the necessary requirements of every patient.
Compounding allows our pharmacy to create:
- Medications that may not be commercially available
- Exclusive dosage forms to meet each individual patient’s needs
- Excipients which may cause allergic reactions (dyes, sugar, lactose, alcohol) and non-commercially available dosage forms (troches, transdermal gels, “chewies,” lollipops, sublingual drops, nasal/oral sprays, rectal solutions and suppositories, and other custom forms)
- Single dosage forms of combined (compatible) medications for easier administration
Therapeutic Payoff is a Direct Result of Compounding Quality
Choosing the right compounding pharmacy is vital, as the effectiveness of any formulation is directly correlated to its preparation. The skill level and training of compounding technicians and pharmacists, quality of chemicals, and state of the art equipment are all factors in the quality and therapeutic efficacy of your medication. The pharmacist must scrutinize many factors when preparing medication, including the chemical and physical properties of the active excipients and ingredients, tonicity, solubility, viscosity, and the required or most appropriate dosage form for the medication. Thus, the experience and skill levels of the pharmacist and pharmacy staff are important variables to consider when choosing a pharmacy. There should be regular testing for quality as well as Standard Operating Procedures.
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