When patients can no longer take the commercially-available version of a drug or they require medications that have been discontinued, licensed pharmacists can recreate those medicines through compounding. Some patients don’t respond well to traditional treatments, and others need their medicines in different forms.
Compounding meets these patients’ needs by offering solutions that are tailored to the individual. Below are some of the health and logistical benefits of pharmaceutical compounding.
Access to Discontinued Medicines
When a large drug manufacturer ceases production of a certain drug, it becomes difficult for patients who still need those medicines. A compounding pharmacy plays an important role in providing access to discontinued medicines by recreating them using the latest techniques, quality controls, and research.
Making Medicines Easier to Use
Some medicines have unpleasant flavors, which makes it hard for a patient to take them as intended. Compounding pharmacists can make prescriptions from scratch with the patient’s favorite flavor. This is particularly beneficial for young patients, the elderly and pets.
Allowing Dosage Alternatives
Occasionally, patients may need medicines in different dosage forms. For instance, a patient who can’t swallow pills may find it better to take medications in liquid form.
Some medicines can be made in a topical form, which allows them to be absorbed through the patient’s skin. Compounding pharmacists can offer such products in varying forms to suit any patient’s compliance needs.
Sensitivities, allergies, and intolerances of gluten, lactose, dyes, and alcohol can cause undesirable reactions when patients take certain medicines. In other instances, commercially available medications may contain fillers and preservatives that patients can’t tolerate. Compounding pharmacists can make medicines without these substances so patients can still get the proper treatment.
Where compounding is concerned, identifying patients’ needs should be a pharmacist’s main priority. What questions may they have, and which side effects are common?
Compounding can offer patients services they can’t find anywhere else, and it allows pharmacists to use their knowledge to help doctors and patients create customized treatment plans. A compounding pharmacy can often help where traditional treatments have failed.
A pharmacy that sees 100 patients every day may have 10% or more who can benefit from compounding. The practice of pharmaceutical compounding allows stores to increase revenue while offering doctors and patients targeted healthcare solutions. See Nick Bova’s profile for more information on compounding.