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What is “Prescription Compounding” or “Pharmacy Compounding”?
Compounding is the pharmaceutical science of making a medication that is compatible with the needs of an individual patient.
In this day and age most medications are mass produced; that is they are made in bulk by large pharmaceutical companies for thousands of people who at some time may need to have a prescription filled. In many instances mass produced medications will work just fine for a patient has fallen ill. However, in some instances a mass produced medication will not work or be tolerated. Something about the medication is not compatible with a patient’s unique physiological makeup:
- It could be the strength causing the medication to not be tolerated (too much medication in each dose)
- It could be the delivery form (your patient can’t swallow pills)
- It could be an inactive ingredient that causes a side effect (your patient is lactose intolerant and lactose is used as a filler in the mass produced medication)
Compounding allows a specially trained pharmacist to make a medication and a patient (human or animal) compatible. This is done by taking into consideration the patient's unique needs and symptoms.
A compounding pharmacist uses raw chemicals, powders, liquids, and special equipment to make each medication, one at a time. This results in a customized medication made by a pharmacist, according to a doctor's directions, to meet an individual patient need.
Vic’s Family Pharmacy - Expanding Physician Treatment Options via Compounding
We can expand your treatment armamentarium by formulating creative, individualized, compounded medications that can improve compliance, maximize the potential for therapeutic success, and reduce the overall cost of pharmaceutical care. There are many cases where compounding can benefit the patient; here are some of the most common:
Compounding Safe & Legal
- The patient requires a customized dose of a medication
- The patient has difficulty taking a medication in its commercially available form
- The patient needs a medicine that has been discontinued by the manufacturer
- The patient is allergic to certain agents used to make a medication
Our compounding pharmacy must comply with the regulations set forth by the State Board of Pharmacy. The State Board of Pharmacy sets and enforces regulations for compounding, just as it does for traditional pharmacy. The ingredients used by our pharmacy to make compounds come from FDA-registered and inspected facilities.
Helping Physicians Within Various Medical Specialties
We have the ability to help licensed medical providers in the following specialties with their compounding needs:
•Allergy & Immunology •Pediatrics
Creating Customized Delivery Forms
•Dermatology •Pain Management
•Otolaryngology •Veterinary Medicine
•Obstetrics & Gynecology •Reproductive Medicine
•Rheumatology •Podiatry & Wound Care
•Family Practice •Internal Medicine
•Gastroenterology •Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
•Internal Medicine •Hospice & Palliative Medicine
•And Several Others!
We can create medications in the following delivery forms that will increase compliance, reduce the stress of administration, and maximize the potential for therapeutic success:
•Transdermal Gels/Creams •Flavored Oral Suspensions
•Capsules •Sublingual Drops
•Troches/Lozenges •Nail Solutions
•Otic Powders •Wound Treatments
•Topical Preparations •And Many More!
Do All Pharmacies Specialize in Compounding?
No. Compounding is practiced by pharmacists who have been specially trained in the science of compounding. Compounding requires specialized equipment as well, which many pharmacies do not have.
Vic’s Family Pharmacy - Your Trusted Compounding Resource!
Our pharmacists have received extensive training in compounding techniques and have access to a support network that generates a constant exchange of ideas and innovations. We are active members of the Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) & the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP).
Our goal is to make sure that you and your patients receive high-quality compounded medications at the most competitive prices. Our Pharmacy accepts prescriptions from licensed prescribers via the phone, fax, or hard copy. By law, we are not allowed to dispense any compounded medications without an authorized prescription from a licensed prescriber. We would be happy to speak with you regarding questions you may have about compounding or the prescribing process. Call us today - You’ll be glad you did!