Prescription compounding combines an ageless art with the latest medical knowledge and modern technology, allowing trained pharmacists to work with physicians to prepare customized medications to meet each patient’s specific needs. Its practice dates back to the origins of pharmacy. Within the last two decades, compounding has experienced a resurgence, as modern technology and innovative techniques and research have allowed more pharmacists to customize medications to meet specific patient needs.

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.

 

FAQ

There are several reasons why pharmacists compound prescriptions. Many patients are allergic to preservatives or dyes, or are sensitive to standard drug strengths. With a physician’s prescription, a compounding pharmacist can change the strength of a medication, alter its form to make it easier for the patient to ingest, or add flavor to it to make it more palatable. A compounding pharmacist can also prepare the medication using several unique delivery systems, such as sublingual troche or lozenge, or a transdermal cream. Or, for those patients who are having a difficult time swallowing a capsule, a compounding pharmacist can make a suspension or suppository instead.
Ask your physician or call Foothills Pharmacy today to learn about the benefits of custom prescription compounding. Depending on your condition, we may have access to treatment options your doctor is not familiar with, such as Specialty Compounding Services Offered for: -Topical Pain Management -Customized Vitamins and Supplements. -Wound Care -Dermatology -Pediatrics -Veterinary Specialties -Pharmacogenetics, Toxicology and more!