Compounding

Compounding allows pharmacists to take care of each patient as an individual.

What is compounding?

– Personalized medication
– Medications made from individual ingredients, mixed in the exact strength and dosage form required for a specific patient.
– Compounding allows the pharmacist and physician to work together and customize a medication to meet a patient’s specific need.
– Compounding isn’t a “new” concept in pharmacy. The art of compounding dates back to the origin of pharmacy. In the 50 & 60’s mass drug manufacturing took over and changed to landscape of pharmacy. This left certain patient’s needs being unmet. Not everything fits neatly in a box.

Benefits of compounding for patients:

-Drugs on the market now maybe too strong or too weak for you
-Hospice patients swallowing issue
-Pediatric patients change form pill form to liquid
-Phenergan gel – drug for nausea/vomiting.
-Change form all together ex. pill to suppository
– Veterinary compounds- specific for species and can simplify dose form

Benefits of compounding for the physician:

– Adherence – a patient may be unable or unwilling to take medication. Compounding can address the “why” of this with the patient and change to patient needs.
– Adjust strength
– Remove unwanted ingredients
– Prepare medication in patient specific delivery forms.

Who can we compound for?

– Children to elderly patients
-Veterinary patients

Is compounding safe?

-Compounding has been in the science of pharmacy from the beginning.
-All compounding pharmacies are monitored by their state boards of pharmacy, and many are working with a credentialing agency similar to what hospitals use to be accredited.
– Gadsden City Pharmacy will start the process in the next few months of being PCAB ( Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board) approved.

What types of prescriptions can be compounded?

– Any kind!
– Hormone replacement
– Hospice
– Pediatrics
– Pain Management
– Medication flavoring
– Wound Therapy
– Veterinary