Trained compounding pharmacists now can personalise medicine for patients who need specific:
- Dosage forms
- Ingredients excluded from medications due to allergies or other sensitivities
However, every compounding pharmacy must comply with the regulations set by the State Board of Pharmacy of the state in which the pharmacy is located. Each State Board of Pharmacy has the power to set and enforce regulations for compounding in its state, just as traditional pharmacies are regulated. The ingredients used by compounding pharmacies to make compounds come from TGA-registered and inspected facilities.
Alternative Compounding Medication
- Oral liquids
- Troches or lollipops
- Topical preparations
- Eye and ear drops
- Nasal sprays
- Sterile injections
The result? A way to take medicines that helps increase patient compliance.
- Creams and lotions
- Stick applicators, such as lip balms
Patients who cannot take medications orally are ideal candidates for compounded suppositories. Available in various shapes depending on the route of administration, suppositories can be given rectally, vaginally or urethrally. By melting or dissolving into the body cavity, they allow the medication to pass quickly into the bloodstream. They can be used for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), to fight nausea, or to treat local conditions such as haemorrhoids, infections, or inflammation.
A compounding pharmacist working closely with you and your physician can prepare medication in a dosage form that has been customised to your particular needs.
Ask our pharmacist today about alternate dosage forms and compounding.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Each patient is unique, with certain likes and dislikes. Others have difficulty swallowing a pill, and might respond better if the pill were compounded into a liquid suspension instead. A distinctive solution to these issues is a flavoured medicine.
Medicine doesn’t have to taste bad.
A child who has difficulty taking a prescription because the taste is a prime candidate. He or she won’t mind taking medication that tastes like bubblegum, watermelon, or even chocolate. Most PCCA flavours are sugar-free and some are even dye-free, which benefits patients who are sensitive or allergic. And working closely with a physician, your compounding pharmacist can even change the form of the medication. What if a child’s medicine came in the form of a lollipop or a gummy treat?
Many adults also may benefit from flavoured medication. As people age or battle a chronic illness, taste preferences can change. Often, sweet flavours can become unbearable, or bitter flavours may cause nausea. In these instances, your compounding pharmacist can alter or mask certain flavours in order to make medicine more palatable – without changing the strength or effectiveness of the medicine itself. When flavouring antibiotics, for instance, careful consideration is given to the measurement of pH in order to maintain the medicine’s stability. Whether you prefer a distinct flavour – or no flavour at all – compounded medications may be of benefit to you.
Working closely with a pet owner and a veterinarian, a compounding pharmacist can custom-flavour a medication to fit the tastes and preferences of any kinds of animal. There are beef, cheese, chicken and liver flavours for dogs; fish for cats. Horses prefer alfalfa, cherry, apple, carrot and molasses. Even birds, rodents and reptiles have flavour preferences that can be met by a compounding pharmacist.
Like humans, some animals may require alternate medication forms such as pastes, custards, or traditional pet biscuits and treats. Cats are notorious for eating right around a pill disguised in food, but the right combination of flavour and appearance can take the struggle out of medicating your pets. Click here for more information on veterinary compounding.
Do you have a flavouring challenge that could be solved through compounding? Ask our compounding pharmacist about custom flavouring.