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COMPOUNDING – Customized Medications to Meet Your Needs!

In every field of medicine, there are some patients who don’t respond to traditional methods of treatment.  Sometimes they need medicine at strengths that are not manufactured by drug companies, or perhaps they simply need a different method of ingesting a medication.  Pharmacy COMPOUNDING meets these needs.  It provides a way for physicians and compounding pharmacists to customize an individualized prescription for the specific need of their patient.  Compounding provides solutions which are not met by commercial products.

What is compounding and what are its benefits?

Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients.  Its practice dates back to the origins of pharmacy, yet, over the years the pharmacist’s role quickly changed as a preparer of medications to that of a dispenser of manufactured medications.  Within the last two decades, though, compounding has experienced a resurgence as modern technology and innovative techniques and research have allowed pharmacists to customize medication to meet specific patient needs.

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 make it more palatable.

What kinds of prescriptions can be compounded?

Almost any kind.  Compounded prescriptions are ideal for any patient requiring unique dosages and delivery systems.  The pharmacist can prepare medication using several unique delivery systems, such as a sublingual troche or lozenge, a lollipop, or a transdermal gel or cream that can be absorbed through the skin.  For those patients having a hard time swallowing a capsule, a compounding pharmacist can make a liquid suspension instead.  Other unique dosages and/or delivery devices can take the form of solutions, suppositories, sprays or oral rinses.

Compounding applications can include:  Bio-identical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT), Veterinary, Hospice, Pediatric, Ophthalmic, Dental, Otic (ear), Dermatology, Medication Flavoring, Chronic Pain Management, Neuropathies, Sports Medicine, Infertility, Wound Therapy, Podiatry and Gastroenterology.

Are doctors aware of compounding?

Prescription compounding is a rapidly growing component of many physicians’ practices.  But in today’s world of aggressive marketing by drug manufacturers, compounding can be overlooked.  Ask your physician about compounding.  Then get in touch with Millerdale Pharmacy.  We are committed to providing high-quality compounded medications which have been prescribed by your doctor.

Who can compound?

Compounded prescriptions are both ethical and legal as long as they are prescribed by a licensed practitioner for a specific patient and compounded by a licensed pharmacy.  In addition, compounding is regulated by provincial boards of pharmacy.

Millerdale Pharmacy prides itself in being a member of PCCA – Professional Compounders of America.  PCCA is a complete resource for compounding pharmacists, offering the highest standards for chemicals, equipment, devices, training and education and a consulting department.  Millerdale Pharmacy can meet the unique healthcare needs of our patients through exceptional service, highest-quality products, innovation and education.

One patient.  One physician.  One pharmacist.  A triad relationship with a common goal:  achieving a positive therapeutic outcome for you!