We offer customized medications in unique dosage forms, meeting unique practitioner and patient needs.
Have you or a loved one ever had difficulty taking medication? You’re not alone. Many people experience issues such as these:
- Stomach upset when taking oral medication
- Reluctance to take the medication due to its taste
- Difficulty swallowing pills
- Requiring a different dose of medication than that which is available from a manufacturer
- Patients who don’t want to take medication at all, especially children or pets
A compounding pharmacist may be able to provide solutions for challenges such as these. Working closely with the patient and the prescriber, compounding gives the pharmacist the means to customize medication to meet the individual needs of each patient.
Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. Its practice dates back to the origins of pharmacy; yet, compounding’s presence throughout the pharmacy profession has changed over the years. In the 1930s and 1940s, approximately 60% of all medications were compounded. With the advent of drug manufacturing in the 1950s and 60s, compounding rapidly declined. The pharmacist’s role as a preparer of medications quickly changed to that of a dispenser of manufactured dosage forms. Within the last two decades, compounding has experienced a resurgence, as modern technology and innovative techniques and research have allowed more pharmacists to customize medication to meet specific patient needs. Today, an estimated 1% of all prescriptions are compounded daily by pharmacists working closely with physicians and their patients.
Tom Sutherland, Jeff Harrell, Casey Harrell, and Jeff Chabot are all trained compounding pharmacists. We also have three certified compounding technicians. Compounding pharmacy provides solutions for problems not met by commercially available products. Almost any kind of prescription can be compounded. Compounded prescriptions are ideal for any patient requiring unique dosages and/or delivery devices, which can take the form of solutions, suppositories, sprays, oral rinses, lollipops and even as transdermal sticks. Compounding applications can include: Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Veterinary, Hospice, Pediatric, Ophthalmic, Dental, Otic (for the ear), Dermatology, Medication Flavoring, Chronic Pain Management, Neuropathies, Sports Medicine, Infertility, Wound Therapy, Podiatry and Gastroenterology.
Our compounding lab is located right next door to Long Beach Pharmacy in the Sandpiper mall. Note: A written prescription from a licensed physician or veterinarian is required for compounded medications.