What is Compounding?

What is Compounding

Compounding combines an ageless art of the old apothecaries with the latest medical knowledge and state-of-the-art technology, allowing specially trained professionals to prepare customized medications to meet each patient’s specific needs. Compounding is fundamental to the profession of pharmacy and was a standard means of providing prescription medications before drugs began to be produced in mass quantities by pharmaceutical manufacturers. The demand for professional compounding has increased as healthcare professionals and patients realize that the limited number of strengths and dosage forms that are commercially available do not meet the needs of many patients, and that these patients often have a better response to a customized dosage form that is "just what the doctor ordered".ointment mill and ungulator

Compounding gives people access to needed drugs that are:

  • Not Commercially Available.
  • Not Economically Feasible to Manufacture from a Big-Pharmaceutical Companies perspective.
  • Tailored to an Individual's Needs and Requirements.
  • Able to be Altered in Flavors and Colours.
  • Tailor made to a specific Drug Strength or Dose.
  • Not supplied by non-Compounding Pharmacies.
  • May be more appropriate for pets, children, elderly patients and flavorings according to the individuals needs.

Preparation of these specialised products requires chemicals and equipment that are not available in most pharmacies. Our pharmacists have received extensive additional training in compounding techniques. We have a support network that generates constant exchange of ideas, innovations and techniques involving compounding, and includes several chemists and pharmacists who can research the feasibility of new formulations. We are proud to be PCCA Members

Quality Compounding Maximizes Therapeutic Outcomes

The efficacy of any formulation is directly related to its preparation, which is why THE SELECTION OF YOUR COMPOUNDING PHARMACY IS CRITICAL. Ongoing training for compounding pharmacists and technicians, state-of-the-art equipment, and high quality chemicals are essential. Experience and ingenuity are important factors as well. When tweaking a formula or developing a unique preparation, the compounding pharmacist must consider physical and chemical properties of both the active ingredient and excipients, solubility, tonicity, viscosity, and the most appropriate dosage form or device for administering the needed medication. Standard Operating Procedures should be in place, stability studies should be considered when compounding, and appropriate potency and sterility testing should be performed. 

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Our compounding professionals can formulate suitable medications as sublingual drops, oral and nasal sprays, rectal solutions and suppositories, pessaries, capsules, and other customized dosage forms. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

What does compounding mean to you?

Compounding means you are no longer limited in your choice of therapies. Our expertise in making compounds enables you to use medications that you may not have been able to use before. We can make medications without preservatives or dyes or other ingredients that you may have allergies to. We can change items from tablets to liquids or capsules. We may be able to combine many ingredients into a single product. Does your doctor want to try a product that is no longer available? Ask us! We may be able to make it for you.

Meeting Patient & Practitioner Needs

Our compounders focus on meeting special needs. This may involve compounding age/weight-appropriate pediatric medications, injections for impotency, medications for veterinarians in a variety of dosage forms and flavors, alternatives in hormone replacement therapy, or dosage options, such as transdermal gels when treating hospice patients. The ultimate goal in preparing any of these customised medications is to help the physician and patient achieve a more positive therapeutic outcome.

Compounding In Real Life

Often parents have a tough time getting their children to take their medicine because of the taste. A compounding pharmacist can work directly with the physician and the patient to select a flavoring agent, such as vanilla butternut or tutti-frutti, that provides both an appropriate match for the medication's properties and the patient's taste preferences.

Compounding pharmacists have also helped patients who are experiencing chronic pain. An example here would be arthritic patients who cannot take certain medications due to gastro-intestinal side effects. Working with their physician, a compounding pharmacist can provide them with a topical preparation, containing the anti-inflammatory or analgesic which their doctor prescribed for them.

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