The modern age of pharmacy compounding began in the 19th century with the isolation of various compounds. With increased knowledge and discovery came modern marketing techniques and brand promotion and the drug manufacturing industry came of age. Pharmacists continued to compound most prescriptions until the early nineteen fifties when the majority of dispensed drugs came directly from the large pharmaceutical companies. Over time, many pharmacies have stopped the once standard practice of compounding and now simply dispense medications at the pharmacy. We believe compounding is an essential service for our medical community and we are proud to have the experience, equipment and raw materials to create compounded prescriptions.
Pharmacy compounding is the method of preparing medications which are tailored to the specific requirements of each patient and healthcare provider. Compounding pharmacists focus on meeting special needs and solving medication problems. Working with a physician, dentist or veterinarian, we prepare customized medications and unique dosage forms. At United Pharmacy, we work closely with the prescriber to ensure the choice of therapy is both safe and in the best interest of the patient so they receive the personalized care they deserve.
There are several reasons to compound prescription medications. The most important reason is non-compliance. Many patients are unable to take medications properly if they are allergic to preservatives, dies or are sensitive to standard drug strengths and their side effects. The ultimate goal in preparing these customized medications is to help the healthcare provider and the patient achieve a more positive therapeutic outcome. By definition, prescription compounding is preparing medication for a single patient based on their individual prescription and not making large bulk quantities for stock.
Some examples of compounding applications include:
*Patients requiring limited dosage strengths such as a very small dose for a child
*Patients requiring a different formulation such as turning a pill into a liquid or transdermal gel for people who cannot swallow pills
*Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
*Pain management patients requiring an allergen free medication such as one without gluten or dyes
*Patients who need drugs that have been discontinued by pharmaceutical manufacturers because of low profitability
*Patients facing a supply shortage of their normal drug
*Veterinary medicine including flavored medicated treats or even ear gels that carry medication through the skin to avoid the difficulty of administering oral medications
These are just a few examples of ways we help our patients and health practitioners. We actually have access to over 10,000 formulas. If you believe that you, a family member or even an animal who may be considered part of your family would benefit from compounded medications, we urge you to speak with your physician, medical provider or veterinarian to learn more. So remember, when one-size-fits-all doesn’t fit your needs, we provide individual medications for individual patients.
United Pharmacy can be reached by calling us toll-free at (855) 445-4401 or by contacting us directly through this website.
Author: Kirill Vesselov
Kirill Vesslov is our resident writer about health and wellness as well as our pharmacy services.