What is a Compounding Pharmacy?

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Until the 20th century, all pharmacies were compounding pharmacies, meaning they combined one or more active ingredients into a customized treatment for an individual patient’s needs. Today, very few pharmacies provide this type of personalized service.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills is a compounding pharmacy dedicated to providing high-quality medications. As a compounding pharmacy, we formulate combinations of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, as prescribed by a healthcare practitioner, into specific dosage forms such as capsules, creams, gels, tablets, lozenges, suppositories and other forms.

Benefits of working with a compounding pharmacy include:

  • Healthcare practitioners can prescribe medication specific to their patient’s individual needs instead of only having access to standardized, commercially available dosages, strengths and forms.
  • Healthcare practitioners can more easily fine-tune or modify the dose or prescription as an individual’s needs change, or match an individual’s preferences and absorption abilities.
  • Patients are less likely to experience side effects if their prescriptions can be tailored to their specific needs.
  • Compounded prescriptions can be customized to different formulations that may be more efficient or easier to administer. For example, if a patient has difficulty swallowing pills, the compounding pharmacist may be able to formulate the medication as a cream or gel.
  • Multiple prescriptions can be combined into a single dosage form for convenience and to ensure better patient compliance.
  • Preservative-free or allergen-free prescriptions can be compounded for sensitive patients.
  • Flavoring can be added to make drops and lozenges more palatable, if desired.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills adheres to standards and regulations set by the National Association of Boards and California State Board of Pharmacy for quality assurance and accuracy. Our pharmacists are meticulous in meeting the industry’s highest standards of compounded medications.

Discover the compounding difference at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills for yourself. Contact us to learn more!

5 Truths of Compounding Pediatric Medicine

stk_babyspath_bph073_wideAs the parent of any child will tell you, when your child is sick, it is extremely important that your child receive not only the correct medication, but the correct dosages. In fact, getting the correct formulation of medication is more important for children than just about anyone else. Oftentimes, children are viewed as simply being “little adults” —when, really, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Children are their own beings, with unique needs and very different responses to medications from adults. Pediatric patients absorb and metabolize medications differently than adults do, so it important that both physicians and pharmacists understand these differences and keep them in mind when working with patients.

With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that a compounding pharmacy is the perfect compliment to pediatric medicine. Let’s take a closer look at just some of the reasons these two specialties go hand in hand.

Truth #1: Medicine —even the right medicine— simply can’t work if the patient refuses to take it.

It’s really as simple as that: even the very best medication can’t —and won’t— work if the patient is not willing or able to take the medicine. Many children are unable, or have great difficulty swallowing pills or capsules, and therefore typically have to take medication in a liquid suspension form. The problem is that many children simply don’t like taking medication this way, and even the most dedicated and diligent parent has given up this battle, at one point or another.

Truth #2: Pediatric patients receive the correct dose of the correct medication with a compounding pharmacy.

As we mentioned earlier, it is most important that children receive the correct medication or medications, and in the correct dosages. As a compounding pharmacy, we have the unique ability to tailor make medications, customizing the formulas for each of our patients. In addition, we can also combine medications, so that children don’t have to take as much medicine — making it easier not only on the patient, but on the parents, as well.

Truth #3: A compounding pharmacy can create medications in a variety of forms.

Simply put, children do not like taking medicine. We haven’t met a single parent who doesn’t have a war story or two when it comes to getting their children to take their medicine. Fortunately, The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills is able to dispense medications in a variety of forms that are more kid friendly, including easy dissolving tablets, gummies, or even lollipops. Believe it or not, kids often don’t even know they are taking medicine with these forms — again, making it easier for everyone.

Truth #4: A compounding pharmacy can make necessary medication taste better.

When a liquid suspension is required, often the one thing pediatric patients complain about the most is the taste of the medicine. And truthfully, for good reason — medicine just doesn’t taste good. While this isn’t a deal breaker for medication that is only taken infrequently, it can quickly become a point of contention for the parent of a child who has to regularly take medication. Unfortunately, these children can easily develop an increased sensitivity to some aspect of their medication, whether it is the taste or the texture.

Sometimes, this can even lead to an inability to properly take the medicine, either spitting it out or throwing it up after ingesting it. As a compounding pharmacy, we have various flavors that can make liquid medication taste better, making it easier on the patient.

Truth #5: Compounding pharmacies can offer added expertise, education, and support to the patients and their families.

Often, parents can feel overwhelmed when it comes to understanding the medications their children need, from dosing to potential side effects. As a compounding pharmacy, we like to consider ourselves to be experts on the medications we handle. As such experts, we are in a unique position to be able to help parents, answering their questions about the contents of various medications, potential side effects, adverse interactions with other drugs, and more. We pride ourselves on being able to spend more time with our patients, making sure they understand all of their options and have the ability to make informed decisions about their health and the health of their family.

At The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, we specialize in integrative approaches to all of your healthcare needs, as well as the healthcare needs of your entire family. If you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance, feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.

What Are The Benefits Of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement?

bhrtWhen a woman enters her pre-menopausal years, it is normal for her to wonder about her options as her hormone levels begin to change. When the symptoms inhibit a woman from getting as much as she can out of life, it’s time to talk to her doctor about hormone replacement therapy options. Bio-identical hormone replacement offers several benefits to women, especially those who would prefer to use a natural product during this time of life.

Signs Of Hormonal Imbalance In Women

While some women may find that her pre-menopausal changes due to hormones are merely a nuisance, others find that they are more disruptive to their everyday life. Along with irregular periods, which may be accompanied by cramps, the following symptoms may be noted:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hot flashes
  • Insomnia or difficulty staying asleep
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain

Benefits Of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

Synthetic hormones are created in a laboratory, and extra chemicals are added to the “recipe” so that the company creating them can patent their product.

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy uses only natural hormones, without adding any chemicals.

Less Intrusive To The Body Than Synthetic Hormones

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy offers an alternative to synthetic hormone replacements. The chemical option attempts to recreate the effects of the natural hormones in the body; however, any decision to use them must be weighed carefully to determine whether their benefits outweigh the risks.

No Potentially Dangerous Side Effects

No extra chemicals mean there is no risk of side effects to patients from the following, as there would be from traditional hormone replacement therapy:

  • Blood clots
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure

Bio-Identical Hormones Safer For Patient Use

The bio-identical hormones travel through the body in the same manner as the ones the body creates on its own. They don’t contain any foreign ingredients to disturb the body’s delicate balance.

We Can Prepare Customized Formulations For You!

If you and your doctor agree that bio-identical hormones are the right type of treatment for you, our compounding pharmacists at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can prepare the exact dosage you require. We can also work with you and your doctor to ensure that your hormones are being delivered in a formulation that works best for you, whether this is a cream, gel or other method.

Call us at (310) 284-8675 to discuss your options for bio-identical hormone replacement today!

Compounding Treatments for Psoriasis

Psoriasis Blue MarkerPsoriasis is a chronic disease of the immune system that presents itself more as a skin condition than a disease. In fact, many people often think they have a skin allergy, and try to cure themselves in vain without realizing they have a chronic, systemic condition that needs a completely different type of treatment, one dermatology compounding can offer.

There are five different types of psoriasis:

  • Plaque psoriasis, which is the most common type and usually presents as red patches of skin with white scales on the elbows, knees and lower back, as well as the scalp;
  • Guttate psoriasis, the second most common type, appears as small red dots on the face, torso, limbs and also the scalp;
  • Pustular psoriasis, which results in pus-filled blisters anywhere across the body;
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis, which is related to the pustular type and shows up as big red sheets on the body, and
  • Inverse psoriasis, which presents as red lesions in skin folds like under the breasts or in the groin area.

Scientists don’t know what causes psoriasis and there are many possible triggers (such as infection, stress, and even some medications), making developing a cure very difficult. Besides causing a lot of itchiness, and pain, psoriasis also correlates strongly with social embarrassment and anxiety, and can cause depression. Without a cure in development, or better knowledge about triggers, physicians must treat the symptoms. Pharmacists with dermatology compounding strategies are at an advantage because we can attack the disease on multiple fronts at once.

The Advantages of Dermatology Compounding

Since psoriasis presents as a serious skin condition, one of the easiest routes to management is topical preparation applied directly to the rash sites. It is difficult to know ahead of time what preparation works for a given patient and what has no effect at all. Psoriasis presents all over the body; thus different treatments need to be developed for different locations based on the sensitivity and accessibility of the skin at those locations. Patient-specific dermatology compounding offers the flexibility and efficacy needed to trump this disease.

Any effective treatment strategy follows the path of softening the skin, soothing the pain, and then removing any scales before applying medications to treat other lesions. There are many options that may work for a time, or maybe have side effects that increase with exposure. Patients can easily be overwhelmed by the number of OTC options and natural supplements out there.

  1. Coal tar is a common treatment that slows psoriatic growth at the cellular level. The patient wears a salve of coal tar for a couple of hours, then rinses it off. The treatment can also reduce inflammation and itchiness but can make skin dry and sensitive to light. Patients can also be put off by the smell and stain of the tar.
  2. Salicylic acid compounded in high dosages and then tapered down helps to soften and remove psoriatic scales. Long-term exposure to salicylic acid irritates the skin, however, and can cause hair loss in the underlying follicles.
  3. Topical steroids reduce inflammation, relieve itching, and reducing the cellular overgrowth of psoriasis. The side effects can be severe, however, including irritation and burning, and even thinning of the skin.
  4. Calcipotriene, a form of vitamin D, also reduces cellular growth but can worsen the psoriasis and cause redness and irritation of the underlying skin.
  5. Other OTC options that help moisturize, soothe, and treat psoriasis include NSAIDs, aloe vera, jojoba, zinc pyrithione, capsaicin, and vitamin B12.

The list is daunting, and can be exhausting for a patient who has seen psoriasis come and go in episodes that can’t be predicted or contained. Effective treatment regimens are usually found through combination therapy, and each option presents significant side effects.

Pharmacists are a key resource for the patient, in terms of discussing the pros and cons of different treatments, what combinations are best suited to the type of location of the outbreaks, and what methods of delivery works best for that patient. It’s key for pharmacists to stock their dispensaries with quality dermatology compounding materials and supplements to give their patients multiple treatment options. Coal tar may work on the patient’s scalp, for example  but is too severe for treating skin folds. Custom best online casino compounding medications for delivering combination therapy by cream, gel, or even spray can also help assure the patient they are receiving a therapy that works for them, even as their condition or treatment reaction changes.

Understanding the options for treating psoriasis can be difficult for patients and physicians don’t have the time to design a unique treatment that needs to be tweaked for each patient. Pharmacists at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills have the expertise to offer patients the treatment and care they badly need, physically and emotionally. Treating psoriasis is not an easy task but living with it is far worse.

Dermatology compounding is a key first line treatment is helping to manage and ease the burden of psoriasis. The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills offers traditional and OTC drugs that can be designed uniquely to each of your patients. We have a proven record of providing safe and high-quality materials for your compounding use. Please contact us today to learn more about how we can help.