Compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients. Compounded medications are made with individual ingredients mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required for the patient. This method allows the compound pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs.
Its practice dates back to the origins of pharmacy. Although compounding presence in the pharmacy profession has changed over the years with the advent of mass drug manufacturing, the “one size fits all” approach to medication meant some patients’ needs were not being met.
With a physician’s consent, a compounding pharmacist can:
- Adjust the strength of medication
- Avoid unwanted ingredients such as drugs, lactose, sugar or gluten
- Add flavor to make medications more palatable
- Prepare medications using unique delivery systems, such as topical gels, suppositories, sublingual troches or even lollipops.
Some insurance plans allow patients to be reimbursed for compounded prescriptions by sending in claim forms. You will probably be paying for the compounded prescription. Many insurance companies will pay the patient some of that cost.
Almost any kind of prescriptions can be compounded.
- Bio-dentical hormone replacement therapy
- Pain Management
- Otic (for the ear)
- Sports medicine
- Wound therapy
- and many more
Ask about the benefits of personalized prescription compounding.