Compounding Pharmacy – A Modern Look at an Old Method
Just as the demand is growing for Natural Health Practitioners we are also beginning to understand the benefits of getting to know a compounding pharmacy. We are realizing that many of our day to day problems, such as chronic pain, need the services of alternative health practitioners such as a qualified chiropractor or an acupuncturist or naturopath. Along with these alternatives we are returning to the expertise of a compounding pharmacist.
A compounding pharmacist is a specialist in the area of pharmaceuticals. Although a drug may be helpful for one person it may not work for you. When the “one drug doesn’t fit all” applies to you then your compounding pharmacist can help.
The very basis of the profession of pharmacy is the “triad”. This triad is the patient-physician-pharmacist relationship. The cycle of this relationship starts with the patient needs being determined by his physician who then chooses a path of treatment that may include a compounded medication.
Compounding (also referred to as pharmaceutical compounding and compounding pharmacy) is completed when a compounding pharmacist mixes drugs to fit the unique health needs of a patient.
The following are reasons why a patient may require a compounding pharmacist:
- To change the form of the prescribed medication from a solid to liquid
- To eliminate a non-essential ingredient that causes an allergy in the patient
- To obtain an exact dose required by the patient, such as a very small dose for an infant
- To add favorite flavors to a medication
- To help patients who absorb or excrete medications abnormally
- To help patients who require drugs that have been discontinued by drug manufacturers due to low profitability
- To help patients who may be facing a supply shortage of their normal drug
- To help patients with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
Although our modern society is just beginning to understand the benefits of a compounding pharmacy the process of pharmaceutical compounds have ancient roots. Ancient civilizations were compounding for religion, grooming, working to keep the healthy people from ailing, treating their ill and preparing their dead. The first oils from plants and animals were produced by ancient compounders who also discovered poisons and antidotes and made perfumes.
A compounding pharmacist was a common fixture in a community before the mass production of medications.
You can be sure that even though you live in modern times, the demand for the return of the compounding pharmacist is upon us.