It is both an art and science to prepare customized medications for an individual patient. This is known as ‘compounding’ medication. This is when medications are created based on a doctor’s prescription, and ingredients are mixed together—compounded—in the precise strength, dose and format the patient requires by a pharmacist specifically trained.
Originally, this was the way all medications were created. However, as mass drug manufacturing grew in the mid-1900s, the demand for compounding diminished. The pharmacist’s role as someone who prepared medications evolved into that of a dispenser of manufactured drugs in fixed dosages and forms.
However, both patients and doctors have come to realize that one size doesn’t necessarily fit all when it comes to medications. There are many factors, such as a patient’s gender, size/weight, allergies to certain ingredients, inability to swallow pills, and so forth that can make mass-produced medications not appropriate for everyone’s needs.
While it’s not practical for traditional drug companies to formulate medications in the myriad strengths and doses men, women, children, and pets of all sizes and species may need—a compounding pharmacist can personalize a prescription. It can be something as simple as adding a flavor to a medication to make it more palatable for a child or it can be leaving out an inactive ingredient that someone is allergic to or it can be altering the dose to account for someone’s weight.
Unlike medications dispensed at a traditional retail pharmacy, compounded medications can vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. And regulations pertaining to compounding pharmacies vary from state to state. That’s why it’s imperative to choose a compounding pharmacy that adheres to strict quality standards to ensure medications are precisely and consistently formulated every, single, time.
The following are some specialty compounding categories our compounding pharmacists can assist patients with:
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Pain Management Compounding
Sports Medicine Compounding
Flavor Compounding (for all patient populations including pets)
We look forward to assisting you with whatever your compounding needs may be!