Compounding is the skill of preparing medications specific to the needs of a patient.
Compounded medications are distinct ingredients mixed together in the precise strength and dosage required for the individual. Medications can be formulated to eliminate ingredients that may cause allergic reactions or other sensitivities.
At one time, most prescriptions were compounded; however drugs began to be mass produced during the 1950s and the function of a pharmacist transitioned to that of a dispenser. But research, innovation, and technology have permitted more pharmacists to develop custom medications to fill individual customer requirements.
Compounding is used in many areas of medicine for a variety of illnesses and conditions. From podiatry to dermatology to neurology to pain management, compound medications can replace mass-produced prescriptions that assume a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Instead, the prescription is developed for a particular patient, with particular ingredients, at precise dosages.
Many prescribers are migrating toward compounding for good reason. Patients should discuss personalized medicine with their physicians and prescribers to determine if it is a good match for their needs.
Prescribers use compounded medications for their patients for several reasons. The most important is to avoid patient non-compliance due to the patient’s unwillingness or inability to take the medication as directed.
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Some of my patients have severe allergic reactions to certain ingredients in mass-produced medications. RX Care Compounding is able to create alternatives that treat the conditions of each individual patient while eliminating the negative reactions.”
Dr. A. Stein, Florida