Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. Its practice dates back to the origins of pharmacy, yet the presence of compounding throughout the pharmacy profession has changed over the years. The pharmacist’s role in preparing medications quickly changed to that of a dispenser of manufactured dosage forms. Within the last two decades, though, compounding has experienced resurgence, as modern technology and innovative techniques and research have allowed more pharmacists to customize medications to meet specific patient needs. Today, an estimated one percent of all prescriptions are compounded daily by pharmacists working closely with physicians and their patients.
In the simplest terms, we help physicians and patients solve medication problems:
Unique medication strengths: A medicine may be available only in one or two strengths. However, a physician may find that the best dose is not one of those. We can prepare a dosage that meets the physician and patients needs. Therefore, there is no need to take too much medicine which could cause adverse effects or too little which may not work for you.
Unique dosage forms: Medicines often are available only in tablets or capsules. Certain individuals with swallowing difficulties may need a liquid, suppository or other dosage form. Through compounding, we can make several varieties of dosage forms, including: capsules, topical and vaginal creams, gels, oral and topical liquids, lozenges, troches, rapid dissolving tablets, mini troches, suppositories, injectables and more.
Unavailable medications: Pharmaceutical companies may stop making products for which there is a limited demand. If we can obtain the medicine in its chemical form, we can compound it for you.
Bad tasting medicine: Some individuals will not take a medicine because of bad taste. This is a special problem when a medicine must be taken for several months or years to control a chronic health problem. We can prepare dosage forms in flavors that people like. We have 40 different flavors (from peppermint to orange-guava-melon).
Allergies: Commercial medicines may contain flavors, preservatives, dyes and fillers. If a patient is allergic to any one of these ingredients using that medicine could result in unpleasant or life-threatening reactions. We can prepare medicines that are free of materials to which a patient is known to be allergic.
The compounding solution for pain management
Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage. Struggling through chronic pain problems like arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine, headaches and nerve and muscle pain does not have to be a daily activity. Theres a better solution: pharmacy compounding, a customized option for pain management. Every individual is unique, and the types of pain experienced can be equally diverse. By working with a compounding pharmacist, physicians can prescribe treatments tailored specifically for the patients pain management needs. Many commonly prescribed pain relief medications cause stomach irritation and other unwanted side effects. Compounding can provide alternate methods of delivery by combining the ingredients of traditional oral pain medications in a
· Topical gel/Cream
· Spray form that can be applied directly to the site of pain
· Application sticks (varied in size)
· Tablet triturates
· Flavored/unflavored troches
Topical pain relievers
A specially prepared compound that combines several medications into a single topical gel ready to be applied directly to affected areas can eliminate these multiple products. Because patients vary in size, symptoms and pain tolerances, commercially available medications often do not provide appropriate dosage strength. Through compounding a physician and pharmacist can customize a medication to the exact amount needed by the patient. Development of transdermal gels capable of supporting multiple classes of drugs while enhancing penetration and subsequent delivery of drug entities across the skin barrier allow for a noninvasive, convenient, and relatively adverse-event free mechanism for accomplishing this tailored care.