Compounding is the art and science of preparing customised medications to fit individual needs. Compounding enables prescribers and pharmacists to meet the special needs of patients. One of it's most important benefits is to those patients who have difficulties with commercially available medication. With a healthcare provider's consent, pharmacists can custom-prepare medications in a variety of unique dosage forms, including: capsules, oral liquids, troches, and lozenges, topical preparations, suppositories, eye and ear drops or ointments, nasal sprays and even sterile injections. The result; a way to take medication that helps increase patient compliance.
Compounding means you are no longer limited in your choice of therapies. Our expertise in making compounds enables you to use medications that you may not have been able to use before. We can make medications without preservatives or dyes or other ingredients that you may have allergies to. We can change items from tablets to liquids or capsules. We may be able to combine many ingredients into a single product. Does your doctor want to try a product that is no longer available? Ask us! We may be able to make it for you.
Compounding gives people access to needed drugs that are:
Preparation of these specialised products requires chemicals and equipment that are not available in most pharmacies. Our pharmacists have received extensive additional training in compounding techniques. We have a support network that generates constant exchange of ideas, innovations and techniques involving compounding, and includes several chemists and pharmacists who can research the feasibility of new formulations.
There are several reasons why pharmacists compound prescription medications, the most important one being patient non-compliance. Many patients are allergic to preservatives or dyes, or are sensitive to standard drug strengths. With a physician's consent, a compounding pharmacist can change the strength of a medication, alter its form to make it easier for the patient to ingest and/or add flavour to it to make it more palatable. The pharmacist also can prepare the medication using several unique delivery systems, such as a sublingual troche or lozenge, a lollipop, or a transdermal gel. As an alternative for those patients who are having a difficult time swallowing a capsule, the compounding pharmacist can make a suspension instead.
Our compounders focus on meeting special needs. This may involve compounding age/weight-appropriate pediatric medications, injections for impotency, medications for veterinarians in a variety of dosage forms and flavors, alternatives in hormone replacement therapy, or dosage options, such as transdermal gels when treating hospice patients. The ultimate goal in preparing any of these customised medications is to help the physician and patient achieve a more positive therapeutic outcome.
Often parents have a tough time getting their children to take their medicine because of the taste. A compounding pharmacist can work directly with the physician and the patient to select a flavoring agent, such as vanilla butternut or tutti-frutti, that provides both an appropriate match for the medication's properties and the patient's taste preferences.
Compounding pharmacists have also helped patients who are experiencing chronic pain. An example here would be arthritic patients who cannot take certain medications due to gastro-intestinal side effects. Working with their physician, a compounding pharmacist can provide them with a topical preparation containing the anti-inflammatory or analgesic, which their doctor prescribed for them.
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