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.