Why Do We Need Compounding Pharmacies?
First let’s look at the definition of drug compounding, it is the process of combining, mixing, or altering ingredients to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient.
Here are a few reasons you might need a compounding pharmacy:
Sometimes pharmaceutical manufacturers discontinue certain products due to lack of demand but it’s likely there are still a few patients taking the medication when it is taken off the market. A compounding pharmacy can recreate it through compounding. They can do the same for medications in short supply.
In certain cases, people may be allergic to, sensitive to or intolerant of some of the non-active ingredients in commercially available medicine. Many people need to avoid lactose, certain dyes, gluten, casein and sugar, but those ingredients are found in many drugs–prescription and over the counter. A compounding pharmacist can create a formulation that omits the allergen but is just as effective as the original.
Making medicine more palatable
For children and pets, medication can be hard to take if they don’t like the taste. A compounding pharmacist can add flavors to make the medicine taste more enticing without affecting efficacy. In addition, the compounding pharmacist can also provide a different form such as creams and liquids. For instance, some people have trouble swallowing pills, and crushing the pill is often not an option. Depending on the type of medication, the pharmacist can put it into a liquid form. Also, if an oral medication has a harsh side effect, the pharmacist may be able to put it into a topical cream that bypasses the digestive system altogether.