Compounding is the creation of a particular medication to fit the unique needs of an individual patient. To do this, a compounding pharmacy combines or processes appropriate ingredients in a laboratory environment, customized to specific patient needs. Demand for professional compounding has grown in recent years as both patients and doctors have realized that the strengths and dosage forms of commercially available medications are often unable or unsuited to meet the needs of many patients, and that they may have a better response to customized medications.
There are several reasons why patients opt for traditional compounding. Many patients are allergic to ingredients in certain medications such as dyes or casein, are sensitive to standard drug strengths, or may have difficulty swallowing the pills or tablets that their medication comes in as standard. A compounding pharmacist can work with a patient in order to change the strength of a prescribed medication, alter the dosage form to make it easier to take, or even to add a flavor that makes it taste better. Medications can be prepared to use several unique delivery systems such as:
Yes, compounding has been a part of pharmacy healthcare since its origins and isstill used widely today. A compounding pharmacy must abide by state regulations, as well as section 503A of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and is overseen by the state board of pharmacy.
Cathy Hudek and her dedicated team of pharmacy professionals at Riverpoint Pharmacy offers compounding services to the people of Spokane and the Pacific Northwest.