Personalized pharmaceutical care is at the heart of compounding pharmacy. Pharmacy practice began with compounding – before commercially manufactured products. Up until the 1920s, about 80% of all prescriptions were compounded. By the 1970’s, compounded prescriptions dropped to less than 1% of all prescriptions. Today, compounding pharmacies are making a comeback in the United States AND between 30 and 40 million prescriptions are compounded each year. More doctors are opting to treat their patients using compounded medications, and with the technical advancements in compounding equipment, more compounders are able to meet the growing needs of doctors.
Why You May Need a Custom Medication
1) The medication you need has been discontinued. Sometimes a large pharmaceutical manufacturer discontinues a medication because not enough patients are taking the drug, so it is unprofitable to keep mass-producing it. A compounding pharmacist can re-create that medication, so even if only one person in the world still needs that medication, they can have it.
2) You need a medication that is free of a preservative, dye or binder. Compounding pharmacists are able to make custom medications without the problematic ingredients and preservatives found in most commercial preparations including. Suitable replacements free of lactose, preservatives, dyes, gluten and sugar are easily formulated.
3) You require tailored dosage strength of a medication. An example of this would be bioidentical hormones based on individual laboratory results which a doctor and compounding pharmacist work together to customize.
4) You need a medication in a different form. A tablet or capsule may need to be converted into a liquid, suppository, cream, or gel form. The exact dosage, or the ideal dosage a patient needs, may not be commercially available. Compounding can provide any dosage form needed.
At The Health Choice Compounding Pharmacy, our team is dedicated to working with your doctor to provide quality solutions via custom medications in New York.