Monument Pharmacy: Trusted Compounding Partner of Human Medical & Dental Practitioners and Their Patients since 1995
Have you ever tried to give a child a tablet or an “icky"-tasting liquid medication? Then you know the challenges of pharmaceutical noncompliance – when a patient refuses to take medication, or makes dosing nearly impossible, or simply cannot take the pharmaceutical of choice in its commercially available form. Monument Pharmacy’s human compounding services are not limited to persnickety pediatric cases, however. We offer a full array of compounding services for people throughout all the stages of life. Practitioners request our assistance for these and many other aspects of human health care.
- • Pediatrics
- • Sports medicine
- • Pain management & rehabilitation
- • Compounded hormones
- • Hospice & palliative care
- • Dentistry
- • Podiatry
- • Diabetic care
There are lots of options that patients can explore with their practitioners in consultation with the compounding pharmacists at Monument Pharmacy. A noncompliant patient might benefit from one or more of the following: alteration or tweaking of route of adminstration, an unavailable yet FDA-approved pharmaceutical, a customized strength, palatability enhancement or removal of allergens/irritants.
Alternative route of administration: Think about the child that says yuck and refuses to take medicine. Trying to force the issue is traumatic for the child and the caregiver. Perhaps a palatable oral suspension with grape or banana flavor would go down more easily. Avoiding the oral route altogether, maybe a transdermal gel rubbed on the child’s skin would make dosing much less difficult. There are many dosage forms available depending on the compound, including but not limited to oral suspensions, capsules, transdermal gels, and topical preparations.
Unavailable yet FDA-approved pharmaceutical: Sometimes the drug that a person needs is on temporary backorder or has been discontinued by the manufacturer. If the FDA has not pulled the pharmaceutical from the market AND if Monument Pharmacy can procure the ingredients and “recipe" for the medication, then our compounding pharmacy might be able compound that drug while it’s off the commercial market.
Customized strength: Commercially available strengths of pharmaceuticals do not fit all patients. For example, an infant or toddler might need a much smaller dose than is offered on the market. Likewise a tall person might need a larger strength than is commercially available. In some instances, patients or their caregivers try unsuccessfully to split an unscored tablet, yielding an inaccurate dose. Custom compounded strengths might help in these situations.
Palatability enhancement: Sometimes a patient refuses to take a medication because it tastes bitter or metallic – or just plain icky. Our compounding pharmacy has a wide array of palatable options for oral suspensions. Just let us know what flavor you prefer!
Removal of allergens/irritants: Occasionally there are inactive ingredients in commercially available pharmaceuticals that are problematic for the patient. For example, a gluten-sensitive person might need to eliminate wheat derivatives and gelatin from their pharmaceuticals. Monument Pharmacy can often reformulate medications to circumvent a vast array of allergens and irritants.