What is is compounding?
Pharmaceutical compounding is the method of preparing medications to meet each physician’s and patient’s unique needs. The physician first prescribes the medication, then the pharmacist takes the necessary ingredients, compounds them, and dispenses the medicine to the patient in a delivery system that best fits the patient’s needs. The art of pharmaceutical compounding allows patients to receive the personalized care they deserve.How do we do this?
At The Natural Pharmacy, we start with pure Bulk Powders whenever possible. We have sources for THOUSANDS of chemicals and drugs. We may use commercially available products as our starting point if bulk powders are not obtainable. We have the facility and equipment to properly compound your order. We also have the technical training necessary to prepare your medications.
Compounding has been around since the origin of pharmacy. There are many good reasons why we still practice it today! Some patients, for example, are allergic to certain preservatives and dyes used in many prescribed drugs while others are sensitive to the standard drug strengths. Compounding allows us to eliminate offensive ingredients in the medication and to adjust the strength to meet the specific needs of our patients. All this is done through consultation with the patient and his/her physician.
Compounding also allows us to adjust the delivery system to best suit the patient’s needs. Someone who has a hard time swallowing capsules can have their medication prepared in suspension form. In the case of children, the medication might be prepared in the form of a lollipop. We can also add flavorings to make the medication more palatable.
Some of the other unique delivery systems available are suppositories, metered nasal sprays, lip balms, lozenges, topical ointments, and pre-filled straws which are very useful for travel or school applications. Should you, as a patient, require multiple medications, it may be possible to combine them into a single dosage form to decrease the number of dosages needed.
At The Natural Pharmacy, we specialize in Custom Prescription Compounding. We are committed to meeting the individualized needs of our patients.