Reasons for Compounding
There are several reasons why pharmacists are called upon to compound prescription medications. The reasons for compounding are noncompliance, unavailable drug and unavailable strength.
Noncompliance is an issue for many patients. The reasons for Noncompliance are often traced back to the medication or dosage form. For one reason or another many patients fail to take their medications correctly. Compounding can help.
Some dosage forms like tablets are hard for patients to swallow. Sometimes tablets get stuck in the throat. For this reason a patient may become non-compliant in taking their medications. Compounding allows the pharmacist to take a medication in a dosage form like a tablet that is hard to swallow and place it into a capsule for the ease of the patient.
Allergies to various excipients in a medication cause problems for sensitive patients. Because of this reason people stop taking their medications. Compounding allows a medication to be made without preservatives, dyes or other sensitizing components. Often a doctor will ask a compounding pharmacist to compound a medication to aid their patient.
Bad taste is another reason a drug may not be taken. Compounding allows a pharmacist to compound a sublingual troche or lozenge, a lollipop, or a transdermal gel. Compounding allows the pharmacist to flavor a medication to make it more palatable.
A drug that must be taken several times a day is another reason for noncompliance. A compounding pharmacist may be utilized to make such a drug into a sustained release capsule. This would allow the patient to take the medication one or two times per day thus increasing compliance.
A second reason a compounding pharmacist is called upon by a doctor to compound is that a particular drug is unavailable. Without the abilities of a compounding pharmacist the patient would be left without recourse. Some drugs that were previously manufactured have been discontinued, not because they were ineffective or harmful but rather because it was too expensive to conduct the required studies to keep it on the market. Pharmaceutical companies are in the business to make money. If a drug is only used by a few patients it becomes unprofitable to keep it on the market. For these reasons compounding pharmacists are helping to fill a medication gap caused by economic factors.
Thirdly a reason for compounding exists because a medication may not be available in a strength that is required. Have you ever asked why most drugs come in only one or two strengths? Common sense says that a 300 pound man should not take the same amount of a drug that a 90 pound youth. The reason most drugs come in just a few strengths is economics again. Each time a different strength is manufactured by a drug company the government demands studies, which are very expensive. Thus the one strength fits all philosophy becomes the norm in medicine. Compounding allows the patient to receive any strength of medication that is right for them.
There are many reasons for compounding but the most important reason is that compounding allows the physician and the patient to decide the correct medical decision based upon limitless possibilities rather than the finite. Compounding is helping patients all over the world. The reason we at Soderlund Village Drug compound is that we want the best for our patients. We have nothing against the drugs made by pharmaceutical companies... they are vitally needed. Rather compounding allows us to give our patients the best healthcare opportunities available.
Reasons for Compounding:
Compounding facilitates compliance
Compounding allows patients to receive drugs that are otherwise unavailable
Compounding allows a patient to receive a strength that is unavailable
Some examples of how compounding is used today:
Compounding natural hormone replacement therapy
Compounding pain medications
Compounding combination therapies like blood-pressure medications
Compounding beauty products
Compounding surgical medications
Compounding food supplements
Compounding male health medications
Compounding women's health medications
Compounding impotence medications
Compounding herbal remedies
Compounding moisturizing lotions
Compounding preservative free medications
Compounding dye free medications
Compounding lactose free medications
The reasons for compounding are endless...
Something to Consider
Information provided regarding specific medications and compounds are for informational purposes only. The information is not to be used to diagnose or treat a specific disease. Only your physician is qualified to do that. We make no claims of safety or efficacy of any compounded prescription though we will be glad to share pertinent medical studies, published professional knowledge, journal articles and factual antidotal data with any prescriber or patient desiring more information.