Pharmacy compounding is the preparation of prescription medications to meet the unique needs of an individual patient (or animal). Ingredients are combined or tailored for specific cases such as avoidance of allergic reactions, ease of use, or to create a unique strength of a medication that is not commercially available.
While compounding only comprises a small percentage of the total prescriptions filled in pharmacies, it is in fact the age-old art of the profession of pharmacy. A compounding pharmacist can prepare any number of dosage forms, including capsules, tablets, creams, suspensions, gels, lozenges, lollipops, pastes, troches, and suppositories.
The product is prepared extemporaneously at our pharmacy in Arvada, using FDA approved chemicals and ingredients. Our pharmacists and technicians have the training, expertise, and experience to ensure the quality, safety, and efficacy of our compounded prescriptions.
Who Benefits from Compounding
There are numerous situations where a compounded product is the best option for using a medication. These include:
- Patients who have difficulty swallowing a tablet or capsule: medication can be formulated into a liquid, suppository, or transdermal gel.
- Certain medications or strengths may not be available on the market: a compounding pharmacist often has the ability to formulate these products.
- Veterinarians will often prescribe compounded formulations to treat animals.
- Children may need to have medications compounded in order to make them easier to swallow or provide a special strength of a medication.
- Individuals who may have allergies or sensitivities to certain common ingredients such as dyes, preservatives, lactose, gluten, or sugar.
These are just a few examples of cases where compounded prescriptions are commonly used.
We can prepare medications in a wide variety of dosage forms- including, but not limited to:
- Transdermal Gels