Compounding Solutions To Meet Your Needs
What is Compounding?
Compounding is the preparation of a customized medication to solve a problem or to meet a specific patient need. Compounding pharmacists work together with physicians and their patients to decide on the most effective therapy for each individual. Today, an estimated 1% of all prescriptions are compounded daily by pharmacists working closely with physicians and their patients.
When is it Appropriate to Compound?
There are many reasons a patient may need a compounded drug. Sometimes a pharmaceutical company stops making a drug or that drug is currently unavailable from the manufacturer. Sometimes a patient needs a dose of medication that isn't commercially available. By measuring ingredients, a compounding pharmacist can create a medication in the exact dose needed. When a patient isn't able to take a medication in its available form (such as a pill), it can often be made into a different type of delivery system (such as liquid, powder, lozenge, ointment, cream, gel or suppository). The pharmacist can even add flavorings to make the taste of a liquid more palatable. Patients who are allergic to fillers or dyes in commercial medications may have the drugs prepared at a compounding pharmacy without the problem substance. Some compounding pharmacies will even prepare medications for animals.
Are Compounded Medications Safe?
Compounding pharmacists may only use FDA-approved ingredients in their medications. And except for special circumstances, they may not duplicate drugs that are available from a drug manufacturer (under a doctor's orders, however, they can produce the same drug in a different strength or form).
Are Compounded Medications Expensive?
Compounded medications may cost a little more than traditional prescription drugs because they take time to prepare and each prescription must be individually made. Patients with health insurance plans usually need to pay for compounded drugs out-of-pocket because compounded medications do not have standard Drug Code Reference Numbers. However, some plans provide some reimbursement after submission of a claims form. Patients need to check with their insurance company to determine their actual level of coverage.
Who Benefits From Compounded Prescriptions?
By utilizing available resources, pharmacists, physicians, and most importantly, patients, are able to benefit from compounded prescriptions. Pharmacists and physicians are able to develop a strong patient relationship along with the satisfaction that a patient has received treatment that would otherwise, not be an option. Patients receive the true benefits of pharmacy compounding by receiving a specialized dose, alternate formulation, dye-free preparation, more palatable suspension, or commercially unavailable medication.
How can Moundsville Pharmacy help?
Moundsville Pharmacy has the specialized equipment and bulk chemicals required for prescription compounding. Our pharmacists have received extensive training in modern compounding techniques and regularly attend continuing education seminars. We also have a support network that continually generates new ideas. Moundsville Pharmacy works with patients to provide effective and affordable solutions to patients in need. Pharmacists take the time to counsel on the medication and allow for questions and feedback to produce successful results.
By combining the ageless are of compounding with the latest medical knowledge and state-of-the-art technology, we can offer practical solutions to our patient’s medication problems.