Why Is It Vital to Choose the Right Compounding Pharmacy?
What is Compounding?
Creating compounding medications a combination of timeless medicinal methods and state-of-the-art technology. A compounding pharmacy allows trained specialists to create medications that can be completely customized to meet the specific needs of each and every customer. As the fundamental basis of the pharmacy profession, compounding was the original way to dispense medications. Prescription medications were originally produced in this way before large pharmaceutical companies began to mass-produce. As patients and doctors of today come to realize that the limited number of strengths and dosage forms available on the market currently cannot meet the needs of every patient, the call for compounded medication has increased. Compounding allows the physician the opportunity to prescribe medications to fit all of the necessary requirements of every patient.
Compounding allows our pharmacy to create:
• Medications that may not be commercially available
• Exclusive dosage forms to meet each individual patient’s needs
• Excipients which may cause allergic reactions (dyes, sugar, lactose, alcohol) and non-commercially available dosage forms (troches, transdermal gels, sublingual drops, nasal/oral sprays, rectal solutions and suppositories, and other custom forms)
• Single dosage forms of combined (compatible) medications for easier administration
Therapeutic Payoff is a Direct Result of Compounding Quality
Choosing the right compounding pharmacy is vital, as the effectiveness of any formulation is directly correlated to its preparation. The skill level & training of compounding technicians and pharmacists, quality of chemicals, & state of the art equipment are all factors in the quality and therapeutic efficacy of your medication. The pharmacist must scrutinize many factors when preparing medication, including the chemical and physical properties of the active excipients and ingredients, tonicity, solubility, viscosity, & the required or most appropriate dosage form for the medication. Thus, the experience & skill levels of the pharmacist & pharmacy staff are important variables to consider when choosing a pharmacy. There should be regular testing for quality as well as Standard Operating Procedures.
As a physician, you should look for the following when choosing a compounding pharmacy:
• A compounding pharmacy that is specifically trained & dedicated to compounds.
• A pharmacy that has been practicing compounding with at least five years staff experience.
• An annual BOP inspection for compounding which is readily available at the request of physicians and/or patients.
• A special license to compound sterile preparations in addition to the standard pharmacy license.
• A clean working environment that is verified by BOPs.
• Trained and experienced compounding pharmacist that can consult and provide thorough information to patients, practitioners, and medical teams.
• A pharmacy that uses the latest technology for quality control and proper recordkeeping.
• Documented ongoing training courses of all pharmacy personnel.
• Consistent quality control with lab testing from an outside lab to validate for accuracy, potency, and sterility against bacteria, fungus and pyrogens, according to good compounding practice (USP 795 & USP 797).
Keep in mind that the lowest price is not necessarily the best in compounding as many compounding pharmacies cut corners to save on cost and therefore do not follow all the required federal and state guidelines. The cost associated with the above are necessary investments to assure quality compounded preparations for you, your patients, and your loved ones. If you have any questions for any of our professionals, please contact us!