A growing number of people have unique health needs that off-the-shelf prescription medicines cannot meet. For them, customized, compounded medications — prescribed or ordered by licensed physicians and mixed safely by trained, licensed compounding pharmacists — are the only way to better health.
Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. Modern technology, 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 patients.
How does compounding benefit me?
There are several reasons why pharmacists compound prescription medications. The most important one is what the medical community calls “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, or add flavor to it to make it more palatable. The pharmacist can also prepare the medication using several unique delivery systems, such as a sublingual troche (lozenge), transdermal gel, suppository or for those patients who are having a difficult time swallowing a capsule a compounding pharmacist can make a suspension instead.
Though most patients rarely need to have a sterile medication prepared, it is important to offer this service since we are a full-service pharmacy. We are one of only a handful of retail pharmacies in the area offering this service and have invested in state-of-the-art equipment such as a laminar flow hood, autoclave, convection oven and all other items necessary to safely prepare sterile dosage forms.
Our sterile products include injections, intravenous fluids, ophthalmic (eye) drops and ointments and otic (ear) preparations as well as respiratory solutions.
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