What is compounding?
Millions of patients have unique health needs that off-the-shelf, manufactured medications cannot meet. For these patients, personalized medication solutions – prescribed by licensed practitioners and prepared by trained, licensed pharmacists – are the only way to better health.
Working with a physician, a Home Towne Rx compounding pharmacist can meet individual needs of children, adults and animals. Whether it’s an allergy to a dye or ingredient, a need for a different strength, or a preference for a different dosage form, compounding pharmacists provide patients with solutions to their medication needs.
- When needed medication are discontinued by or generally unavailable from pharmaceutical companies, often because the medications are no longer profitable to manufacture;
- When the patient is allergic to certain preservatives, dyes or binders in available off-the-shelf medications;
- When treatment requires tailored dosage strengths for patients with unique needs (for example, an infant);
- When a pharmacist can combine several medications a patient is taking to increase compliance;
- When a patient cannot ingest the medication in its commercially available form and a pharmacist can prepare the medication in cream, liquid or other form that the patient can easily take; and
- When medications require flavor additives to make them more palatable for some patients, most often, children.
How is it regulated?
All pharmacies and pharmacists are licensed and strictly regulated by State Boards of Pharmacy. Compounding is a core component of pharmacy and has always been subject to the oversight and monitoring of these agencies and the state legislatures who decide upon the way pharmacy compounding should be regulated within their borders. Additionally, the Food & Drug Administration has authority over some aspects of compounded prescriptions at the federal level under the direction of Congress. Standards set by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) are integrated into the day-to-day practice of pharmacy compounding and are mandated by law in most states. Even greater oversight comes through accreditation from a variety of non-profit agencies that establish and survey on guidelines designed to improve quality in the compounding process.
One of the four main ways that Home Towne RX combines compounding services to their patients is through help of their pain management. Pharmacy compounding offers patients customized options for pain medication.
Chronic pain can make life unenjoyable at times. It may cause you to miss important moments and events in yours or your loved ones lives. Besides not being their when you are needed the most, the pain itself can be unbearable at times and causes extreme discomfort.
The pain can take the form of a stress-induced headache, a muscle group strained from sports activities, or be the result of an injury at work or an automobile accident. For some, pain can be chronic in nature and something they live with on a daily basis.
Pain is the most common symptom for which individuals seek medical help. Acute pain easily can evolve into chronic pain, which can become difficult to treat. Many commonly prescribed, commercially available pain relief medications help the symptoms associated with chronic conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, and other nerve and muscle pain, but they can also result in unwanted side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness or stomach irritation. Many patients taking these medications come to accept these conditions as part of daily life, but they may find a better solution through pharmacy compounding.
Compounding offers personalized pain relief. Struggling through chronic pain or the side effects of pain medication does not have to be a daily activity. Home Towne RxPharmacy compounding offers patients customized options for pain medication. It provides valuable benefits to those for whom pain management has become a way of life.
The other aspect that Home Towne Rx deals with in compounding is Hormone Replacement Therapy, better known as HRT and Women’s Health.
HRT is most often prescribed to ease the symptoms of menopause, but it also can be used to treat a variety of conditions that women of all ages may experience, including: Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), Irregular menstrual cycle, Moodiness, Infertility Post-partum depression, Weight gain, Endometriosis, Fibrocystic breasts, Sleep disturbances Hot flashes, Night sweats, Decreased libido, Painful sexual intercourse, and Vaginal dryness (PCCA)
These are very common symptoms that affect millions of women all over the globe. The quest to find the proper HRT has grown in women and so has the mass production of pills, patches and creams by the drug industry. However, each woman’s body is different and has its own unique needs, but commercially manufactured products tend to be “one-size-fits-all,” and do not always account for the differences between individuals.
At Home Towne RX, the pharmacists know that no two women are alike and that is where the advantage of compounding medications comes into play.
The advantage of compounded HRT is that it can be adapted specifically to fit each individual’s body and hormone levels. HRT can utilize hormones that have the exact chemical structure as the hormones in the human body. The body recognizes them and allows them to mimic the function of the hormones the body produces on its own.
A compounding pharmacist can provide a hormone evaluation for the patient to fill out. A pharmacist experienced in HRT may assist the healthcare provider in helping interpret the results of serum of saliva tests which measure a patient’s hormone levels. The healthcare provider, compounding pharmacist, and the patient can use the results of these diagnostic tools to help determine a course of treatment which will give the patient the exact amount of hormones her body needs.
Working closely with a woman and her healthcare provider, a compounding pharmacist can help a woman start and maintain a hormone replacement regimen that brings her hormones back into balance and closely mimics what her body has been doing naturally for years. With a healthcare provider’s prescription, the pharmacist can prepare hormones in a variety of strengths and dosage forms, including:
- Topical or vaginal creams, gels, and foams
- Sublingual drops or troches
Once the therapy is begun, the pharmacist will continue to work with the patient and her prescriber to make sure the HRT is working correctly, adjusting the dosage if necessary, ensuring that the medication is just right for her body.
Another aspect of compounding that Home Towne RX takes a part of is dermatology. The skin is the largest organ in your body, so it’s time to treat it well.
Our compounding professionals can prepare individualized therapies for a vast array of dermatologic problems. Some conditions we can help treat are:
- Scarring and Keloids
- Decubitus Ulcers
- Peri-stomal Dermatoses
- Excessive Sweating
- Stretch Marks
- Diaper Rash
- Vitiligo and Melasma
- and much more
Compounding pharmacists continue to improve both the aesthetic and therapeutic aspects of customized medications, offering alternatives and advantages for dermatology. We can compound medications into cosmetically appealing creams, topical sprays and powders, as well as create customized oral dosage forms (such as flavored troches or lozenges) and various preparations for other routes of administration.
The last aspect of compounding that Home Towne Rx focuses is Veterinary care. At Home Towne RX, we understand that your pets are equally important members of your family. We specialize in providing individual and unique techniques to formulate compounding solutions to your animal’s medical problems.
A common issue that our clients faced was that their pets ate everything in their food bowl except for the pill that was placed in it. Or when the pets get furious when you give them oral medication. Our pharmacy compounds medication in delicious flavors that the pet will actually enjoy.
We prepare medications in easy-to-administer dosage forms such as transdermal gels to be rubbed inside an animal’s ear, or combine several medications into a single convenient preparation. If a pet medication becomes unavailable or is discontinued, we can compound the needed medication using the finest chemicals and our special precision compounding equipment.
Our personal pet experiences and compassion, combined with ongoing education and expertise in veterinary compounding, set us apart. We partner with you and your veterinarian to optimize patient care and are trained to think outside the box. We not only compound medications for dogs and cats, but birds, reptiles, and exotics as well.