Compounding is the Art and Science of Creating Personalized Medications
Pharmacy compounding is the ageless art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients. The practice dates back to the very beginning of the pharmacy profession. It was the standard means of providing prescription medications before mass-produced drugs by pharmaceutical companies appeared on the scene.
Over the last few decades, the demand for pharmacy compounding has dramatically increased. Manufactured drugs can no longer meet the needs of all patients individually. These commercial drugs are mass-produced in a limited number of strength and dosage forms due to distribution, storage, stability, and profitability issues. This often restricts the number of therapeutic options that are available for a particular patient.
With new technology and techniques, compounding pharmacists are able to make customized medications to meet those specific patient needs. Compounded medications are “made from scratch” preparations. Individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient. This method allows the specially trained pharmacist to work with the patient and their practitioner to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs.
When deciding on a treatment protocol, practitioners are no longer constrained by the limited dosage forms from drug manufacturers. Our compounding specialists can prepare medications free of problem causing excipients such as sugar, lactose, dyes, alcohol, or preservatives. Like pharmacists of the past, we talk with our patients to find out how we can help them. Our ultimate goal is to create the best medication for each patient.
Compounding Dosage Forms:
- Oral capsules and liquids
- Topical creams, ointments, sprays, and gels
- Lollipops and lozenges
- Vaginal & Rectal Suppositories
- Oral Mouthwashes
- Rectal Rockets
Benefits of Working with a Compounding Pharmacy:
- Compounded prescriptions can be customized to different formulations that may be more efficient or easier to administer. For example, if a patient has difficulty swallowing pills the compounding pharmacist may formulate the medication as a cream or gel.
- Flavoring can be added to make drops and lozenges more palatable, if desired.
- Preservative-free or allergen-free prescriptions can be compounded for sensitive patients such as gluten, dyes, lactose, sugar, corn, or alcohol.
- Patients are less likely to experience side effects if their prescriptions can be tailored to their individual needs.
- Healthcare practitioners can more easily fine-tune the dose or prescription as an individual’s needs change, or match an individual’s preferences and absorption abilities.
- Multiple prescriptions can be combined into a single dosage form for convenience and ensure better patient compliance.
Contact our Compounding Specialists for more information on how we can help you! Visit our store to learn more about SandsRx Pharmacy and our commitment to you and your family.