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Pharmacy Compounding Benefits

How might compounding benefit practitioners, patients, and caregivers?

When a human or veterinary patient cannot or will not take the practitioner’s preferred pharmaceutical therapy, the desired health care outcome might not be achieved. Dosing difficulties can also make caregiving a difficult prospect. When medical doctors, osteopaths, dentists, podiatrists, veterinarians, and other practitioners with prescriptive authority encounter medication noncompliance in their practices, they can contact a compounding pharmacy for consultation about how a custom compounded pharmaceutical might help in dosing the patient.

Monument Pharmacy has distilled the essence of compounding pharmacy services into a handy acronym: PROSE.

Palatability: Sometimes enhancing taste, texture, scent, and/or color might heighten medication compliance.

Route of Administration: Perhaps fine-tuning or changing the route of administration might make dosing easier, potentially avoid side effect(s), and/or provide local versus systemic action.

Off market but FDA approved: When the preferred pharmaceutical is on temporary back-order or manufacturer discontinued, practitioners can experience a problematic gap in drug therapy. If a compounding pharmacy can get the ingredients and formulation for the desired back-ordered or discontinued medication, it might be able to compound that medication by prescription until manufacturing resumes.

Strength: By prescription, compounding pharmacies can alter strength for dosing sensitivity, patient size, and/or a possibly different therapeutic effect at commercially unavailable strength. Not every pill has split scoring to aid in halving the dose – and many patients require a strength that is less than half the amount of any given tablet.

Elimination of allergens and/or irritants: Reformulating medications to eliminate inactive ingredients that are irritants and/or allergens might help the patient to get the prescribed active ingredient and promote the practitioner’s desired health care outcome.

To read about more common compounding pharmacy questions, please refer to our FAQ page.