The fields of medicine and pharmacy have gone a long way from the old days of relying solely on herbal remedies and spiritual healing methods for treating illnesses. Today, people generally have longer and healthier life spans due to the advancements in medicine and the steady production of pharmaceutical products to treat all types of diseases.
All drugs and medicines available to us—the ones that have been patented and carefully regulated—have undergone thorough tests before getting released into the market. They have been tested extensively in laboratories to ensure its safety before actually trying them in humans. If it “passes” the test conducts in the labs and in humans, it gets approved for mass production. Because it’s mass produced, most of these remedies and treatments are sold at an affordable price.
When a treatment does not work for all
However, even if lab and human tests show that a particular treatment is safe for a greater percentage of the population, this doesn’t mean that it will work for all. This is where compounding pharmacies come in.
Compounding pharmacies alter or create new drug combinations for patients who cannot take the medicines available on the market as they are. They create tailor-made medicines to address a patient’s specific needs. For example, if a patient can only take a medicine in liquid form but it only comes in capsule form, a compounding pharmacy may recreate it and produce an ingestible fluid version of the medicine. Similarly, if a patient is allergic to one ingredient in a commercially available drug, a compounding pharmacy can recreate that medicine without the component that triggers allergies.
Safety of compounded drugs
The practice of compounding drugs should only be done by licensed pharmacists or physicians. These pharmacies are regulated by state boards of pharmacy to make sure that they adhere to the state’s own regulations and standards for safe pharmacy practice. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration started regulating compounding pharmacies. A law signed by President Barack Obama encourages compounding pharmacies to register with the FDA so they can be classified as outsourcing pharmacies and be allowed to sell drugs to hospitals in bulk. According to WebMD, the FDA regulates the ingredients used by these pharmacies and the Drug Enforcement Administration regulates how they handle controlled substances.
The Benefit of United Pharmacy
Here are United Pharmacy, we can provide you with your compounding needs. We can tailor specific dosages to meet your individual needs and preferences. Some delivery forms that are not commercially available, such as transdermal gels, troches, “chewables” and lollipops can ensure that patients have their needs met.
In addition to custom delivery methods, we are able to focus on specific potentially problem-causing agents, like dyes, sugars, lactose, or alcohol.
Contact us today to learn how we need meet your needs!