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 you or a loved one who 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 your 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 cat doesn’t care for pills)
- It could be an inactive ingredient that causes a side effect (your child 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.
Why Have a Medication Compounded?
There are many cases where compounding can benefit the patient; here are some of the most common:
- 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
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. Compounding pharmacies are regulated and governed by the state board of pharmacy in which they are located.
Why Have My Medication Compounded at Vic’s Family Pharmacy?
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 receive high-quality compounded medications at the most competitive prices.
How Can I Have My Prescription Compounded at Vic’s Family Pharmacy?
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!