When a patient is unable to take the commercially available drug or she requires a medication that has been discontinued, our licensed pharmacists can recreate that medication via compounding. Sometimes patients don’t respond to the traditional forms of treatment, or they simply need their medication in a different form. Compounding meets these needs by providing customized solutions for each patient’s needs, making it beneficial not only for our customers, but also for medical providers and physicians.
At one time, all medications were compounded. However, with the advent of mass drug manufacturing, the role of compounding declined and pharmacists were seen more as cookie-cutter drug dispensers. Over the recent decades though, technology advancements and the rise of innovative techniques have allowed pharmacists to customize medications, which makes exploring the benefits of compounding as a differentiator even more important.
If you are still undetermined about introducing compounding to your regiment, we’ve hand-selected these 5 benefits of pharmacy compounding that show how it can help patients live a healthier and happier life.
1. Allowing Access to Discontinued Medications
When large manufacturers discontinue production of certain drugs, they make it hard for the patients who still need these medications to fill their prescriptions. Compounding pharmacists play an important role in providing access to discontinued medications by recreating pharmaceutical-based ingredients in order to ensure that patients get the critical care they require. Today, compounding pharmacies have access to the highest quality pharmaceutical ingredients and can fill the prescription using the latest research, quality control process and techniques that help meet the individual patient needs. The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can help customers get the complete range of medications they require.
2. Making Medication Easier to Use
Some medications have a very unpleasant flavor, making it hard for the patients to take them as directed. A compounding pharmacist can custom make the prescription from scratch with the patient’s flavor of choice. This is especially handy when dealing with patients who may refuse medication, like young children, elderly patients, or even pets! Patients are thankful once their medications, produced in the form that is convenient and easy to use, is made available at the pharmacy.
3. Allowing Alternative Dosage Forms
From time to time, patients may need their medication in a different dosage form. For instance, patients who have difficulty swallowing a pill may find it easier to take their medication in a pleasantly flavored liquid form. Some medications can be also compounded in a topical form — cream or a gel that allows the medicine to be absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. As a compounding pharmacy, we can offer these products in various dosage forms depending on the best method of compliance for the patient!
4. Making Medication Allergy-Friendly
Allergy, sensitivity, as well as a patient’s intolerance of dyes, lactose, gluten or alcohol can cause the unwanted reactions when taking a certain medication. In other cases, commercially available medications may contain excipients such as fillers and preservatives that cannot be tolerated by the patient because of sensitivities or allergies to these substances. Our compounding pharmacists can make a formula without the offensive ingredients, so a patient can still get the right treatment.
5. Offering Unique Services that Pharmacy Chains Don’t
When it comes to compounding, identifying patients’ needs is our top priority. What side effects are patients dealing with? What questions might they have when they take their medicine? A compounding niche offers patients a service they can’t receive at most other pharmacies. It allows the pharmacist to use their extensive drug knowledge to help the patient and prescriber create a truly unique treatment plan. Compounding pharmacists are often able to offer treatments for unusual or resistant maladies that traditional allopathic medicine can’t help with or has failed. Contact us today to discuss your compounding options!