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Compounding Answer

For all of your compounding related questions, we have the best answers.

Compounding is as old as the science of pharmacy could get. It allows for perfect customization of medications according to the client’s specifications; may it be concerns about drug component allergies or simply a matter of palatability.

It can be pretty challenging convincing your kid to take a seemingly bitter syrup just to help him or her get better from sickness. Taking time to cut tablets to reduce their strength to the one you require can be tedious too. Compounding solutions have made all these worries into nothing.

Find out more about compounding solutions by going through the following FAQs.

 What is compounding?

Compounding is defined as the art and science of customizing medications according to the specifications of the client. It is as old as the science of pharmacy itself, dating back to the 1930′s and 1940′s when most medications were prepared through compounding.

However, with the advent of mass production in the 1950′s and 1960′s, the role of compounding pharmacists was reduced to that of a dispenser. It was not until the last decades that the realization of how frail the idea of a “one-size-fits-all” is came in. This led to the rebirth of compounding, coupled with the development of innovative techniques and modern technology – two requirements for error-free and absolute compounding.

 How does compounding benefit me?

Having medications compounded can offer various advantages. One of which is the increase in the degree of the patient’s regimen compliance. On most times, patients find it difficult remembering which medication to take on certain times and what not to. This can be helped by special packaging services, a relative of compounding itself.

Other than that, compounding allows you to:

  • Make adjustments in medication potency by reducing or increasing the amount of certain ingredients
  • Avoid components that may cause you allergy
  • Permit more palatability by adding flavors or changing the dosage form of the drug
  • Adapt to your current limitations such as difficulty in swallowing
  • Request for special packaging services to promote compliance
 Is it possible for both the children and the elderly to take compounded medications?

Compounding is absolutely for everyone! Even your pets can avail of it! Special challenges come with pediatric and elderly clients due to their natural physical limitations. Children don’t love bitter tastes and the elderly may have a hard time swallowing big capsules or tablets.

For this reason, most physicians of these clients work closely with compounding pharmacists to make customization possible. Pediatric patients can enjoy different flavors; from grapes and bubble gum to tutti frutti and vanilla, making the hurdle of preventing spit outs even much easier to confront.

As for the elderly, changing the dosage forms of the medications can lessen their frustrations in taking them. Patients having special considerations such as those under chronic pain and having gastrointestinal sensitivity can request for special pain relievers and topical alternatives, respectively, instead.

 Is compounding legal? Is it safe?

Of course! Compounding is as old as pharmacy can get, and is just as recognized as the latter. In fact, you can observe such practice in hospital work, nuclear medicine and even research.

Compounding is highly regulated by Pharmacy State Boards and is controlled by the Food and Drug Administration. As long as compounding is prescribed by a licensed practitioner and done by a licensed compounding pharmacists in a well controlled and technologically adept environment, it should be considered completely legal and ethical.

 Is it covered by insurance?
It is indeed possible for insurance to include compounding in its coverage. You can ask your policy provider if they allow reimbursements after submitting in claim forms to the pharmacy.
 Will it cost much if paid privately?
The cost of the service will be dependent on various factors such as the drug components to be used and the technology to be implemented for the entire process. The pharmacist will also have to spend time researching and doing the compounding itself. All these will have to be considered to determine the cost. Talk to our pharmacist now to get a quote for your compounding service request.
 What sorts of prescriptions can be subjected to compounding?

Compounding can be done to almost any type of prescription! May it be in the fields of:

  • Hormone Replacement
  • Hospice Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Pain Management
  • Otic Medications
  • Ophthalmology
  • Dental Medications
  • Dermatology
  • Neuropathy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Wound Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Gastroenterology, and many more!
 What sorts of prescriptions can be subjected to compounding?

Does my doctor or prescriber have an idea about compounding solutions?
More and more physicians are becoming aware of compounding and its relevance to patients’ lives. But then again, we need to look at the climate of today’s pharmaceutical industry. There are still so many mass producing drug companies aggressively marketing their products.

Talk to your professional or look for a trusted compounding pharmacy such as Sherman Pharmacy. We together with you and your physician will work together to achieve the best outcomes for your health.