What is a compounding pharmacy?
For centuries, physicians have prescribed medications for their patients. The pharmacist followed exactly the physician's specifications and meticulously formulated these prescriptions. As the science of medicine advanced, many of the standard prescriptions began to be formulated and manufactured by pharmaceutical manufacturers. Most phamacists welcomed the change, since this removed most of their physical hand labor. Now phamacists could concentrate on spending more time with the patients and the dispensing and counseling process.
However, physicians began to notice that not all patients responded to the standardized manufactured medicines. There was still a need to formulate or "compound" prescriptions to the individual needs of these patients. Many patients were sensitive to the various fillers, dyes and preservatives that were used in commercial medicines. A few pharmacists responded to theses special needs by continuing to carefully compound these prescriptions to the exact specifications ordered by the physician without the offending chemicals. Some medications have been discontinued by the manufacturers simply because it became unprofitable to manufacture them. This became a real problem for the patient who had responded well to these drugs. Where could this person obtain their needed medication? Again, the compounding pharmacist is usually able to meet this need.
The compounding pharmacist who is committed to the art and skill of prescription compounding has made a significant investment in obtaining pure drugs and chemicals along with highly specialized equipment in order to make these medications. The compounding pharmacist must be involved in obtaining extra education and training which is unique in the profession of pharmacy. Compounding laboratories and sterile environments are all part of the compounding pharmacy. Literature to verify and validate the use of unique compounded medications must be researched and distributed to the physicians who choose to treat the unique needs of their patients.
Is it legal to compound prescriptions? The Oregon Board of Pharmacy governs compounding prescriptions in Oregon. The pharmacy rules allow pharmacists to formulate a prescription when so ordered by the licensed practitioner for a specific patient. Any health care practitioner that is licensed to prescribe medications can write prescriptions for compounded or formulated products such as; Pediatric medicines that need a better flavor. Hormone replacement products, oral, topical, vaginal, sublingual, buccal. Genitourinary creams, ointments, suppositories. Ear and Eye drops and ointments. Veterinary products for a favorite pet. These are just a few of the many products that compounding pharmacist can formulate.
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