Pharmacy compounding is creating a custom personalized medication for the patients. These medications are tailored to meet the individual needs to each patient. The resulting medication is referred to as a "compound". A compounded medication is prepared by a pharmacist from scratch using raw materials to customize a medication per a physician's written prescription. This allows for the pharmacy to adjust various factors of the medication such as strength, dosage forms, flavors, or exclude ingredients due to allergies or sensitivities.
Due to the individualized nature of this medication, we can eliminate the "one size fits all" pitfall for patients who have not responded to commercially available medication. Making the ideal compound requires a close relationship between the patient, doctor and pharmacist. Quality control is crucial when compounding medications. Professional Village Pharmacy (PVP) meets or exceeds standards for providing accurate compounded medications.
Custom formulations allow your doctor to custom tailor your prescription to each patient's needs. By understanding your individual medical requirements, the patient and the health care provider can work together to create their own treatment protocol using any delivery system they choose. Since each of these prescriptions are custom made, as medication needs change or side effects occur practitioners can fine-tune the dosage of compounded medications for optimal treatment.
Dosage Variation ( Strength and / or Form)
Often times, a customary dosage form (tablet or capsule) is not compatible with the patient ( i.e. child or animal unable to swallow a pill ). For those patients, we can convert medication to other dosage forms such as liquids, creams, gels, and suppositories.
Compounding also allows your pharmacist to adjust the strength of each prescription. Modern prescriptions tend to follow a one size fits all model, especially with pills where medications come in specific dosages. Sometimes patients need a dosage that is not normally commonly available. This can lead to patients taking multiple pills, or having to cut them in half. Both can be problematic. Patients may have problems remember if they took one pill or two, or patients may have difficulty cutting a pill in half. While some patients may be comfortable cutting a pill in half medical issues may make this impossible. Moreover this can be rather imprecise preventing you from getting the exact dosage you need. By tailoring the strength of your prescription to your actual needs we can ensure that you receive the precise dosage you need, every time.
Custom flavoring can also be added to make prescriptions more palatable. This can often come into play with animal prescriptions, or when dealing with medication that has a very strong taste. With compounding we can include a variety of flavors in order to make these medications much more palatable.
Finally we can prepare medications to use unique delivery systems. Some patients may find it very difficult to swallow capsules, and their vital medications may only come in capsule form. A compounding pharmacist can prepare the drug as a flavored liquid, topical cream for absorption through the skin, a suppository, sublingual troches, or even a lollipop. Options for the delivery system may vary based on the drug and what will meet your individual needs.
Preservative Free and Allergy Free Formulations
Compound medications can be created without the excipients and preservatives found in most commercial preparations. Suitable replacements free of preservatives, sugar, starch, yeast and color are used in formulating your individual compound. This is commonly seen with removing extraneous ingredients such as dyes, preservatives, lactose, gluten, or sugar. Since many prescriptions contain extra ingredients beyond the active drug, it is important to note any allergies or sensitivities. Pills may contain a coating to make them easier to swallow. Medications often contain preservatives to increase their shelf life, and many contain dyes to make them more easily recognizable. If a patient has an allergy or sensitivity to any of these ingredients a compounding pharmacy will be able to prepare your prescription without these additives.
Medications are voluntarily pulled from the marketplace each and every year due to lack of profitability or other reasons. For some individuals a replacement medication may not exist, or may not work as well as the discontinued medication. A compounded medication may be a possible way to maintain access to a discontinued medication. We can work with you and your doctor in order to see if it is possible to recreate a prior medication, at the specific strength you require it.
Yes, a prescription is required. The individual ingredients may or may not be restricted prescriptions items, however, anything compounded must be prescribed by a doctor.
With the added benefit of individualized medications comes the added challenge of working with an insurance company who often times base their "rules" on the masses. At PVP, we will do our best to help you determine if coverage is available to you.
We ask that you please allow up to 7 days for us to formulate your individualized medications. This allows us the flexibility to compound high need, same day medications ahead of a standard refill where a patient is capable of calling in advance.
If you have any questions we are always happy to work with you and your doctor to help you understand the benefits of compounded prescriptions. If you are looking for further information, as a member of the Professional Compounding Centers of America, we recommend anyone who is looking for independent research about other benefits of compounding to consider their collection of articles and research. The PCCA remains a prime source of information on the growing benefits of modern compounding.
Disclaimer: Material provided on this website is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease and has not been evaluated by the FDA. Always seek the advice of your health care provider with questions or before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health program.
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