Compounding Pharmacies are pretty cool
I’ve noticed a good amount of people have heard of a compounding pharmacy, but don’t really understand what it entails. It’s actually quite interesting, and after explaining it sparks the interest of many of my friends (especially women)!
The art of a compounding pharmacy is to tailor therapy to the needs of each individual patient. This is crucial in medicine, because factors like weight, ethnicity, age, and lifestyle may affect what dose or type of formulation is right for each person. A compounding pharmacist is able to tailor specific medications and create individual dosages for specific needs.
For example, here are some things we can do:
· Create customized strengths of medication
· Combine two ingredients
· Compound a tablet or capsule into a liquid (for children, or those who have difficulty swallowing pills)
· Prepare special formulations (topical creams or gels, nasal sprays, suppositories, lozenges)
· Eliminate preservatives
What most people don’t know is many pharmacies offer compounding. All you have to do is ask!
Pharmacists can create and suggest formulations for a physician to prescribe. Many times even the smallest modifications can go a very long way. In a generation where people are taking charge of their health, compounding pharmacies are a pretty cool option.