Have you ever baked a cake from scratch? If yes, then you know the basics of compounding! Although the ingredients are quite different, the process is much the same. Pharmacy compounding is creating a custom product (cream, capsule, liquid, etc.) from bulk powders made specifically as per your physician’s prescription.
You might be asking yourself, “How does my doctor know what I need?” A physician who specializes in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can write a prescription according to saliva and blood test results alongside an in-depth consultation. Not all compounded medications are for BHRT. A multitude of formulas exist to help you get individualized care for your short and long-term needs. Whether it is a specialized strength which is not available on the market, you require a product without additives, or just added flavour for your child’s antibiotic, compounding is the answer!
Patients with unique or unusual medication needs are best served by pharmacies dedicated to providing high quality, custom made products. Your first question should then be, “Are all compounding pharmacies the same?” The simple answer is “NO!” A true compounding pharmacy begins with an educated and well-trained pharmacist. There is also exclusive high quality bulk ingredients and equipment required to create custom medication. With all of these factors taken into account, the most important thing to do is ASK QUESTIONS! Is the pharmacy a member of a reputable compounding organization? What type of training courses do your staff members regularly attend? Are the compounds independently tested by a third party?
Compounding is not only an answer for people, but pets too! Furry family members sometimes require specialized care for their unique needs. The fantastic part of compounding is the ability for the pharmacist to work with a family doctor or veterinarian to recommend a customized solution for you and your pets concerns.