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In every field of medicine, there are some patients who don’t respond to traditional methods of treatment. Sometimes these patients need medicine at strengths that are not manufactured by drug companies or they simply need a different method of ingesting a medication. Pharmacy compounding provides a way for physicians and pharmacists to customize an individualized prescription for the specific need of their patients.
There are several reasons why pharmacists compound prescription medications. The most important reason is to decrease what the medical community calls “patient non-compliance.” Many patients are allergic to preservatives or dyes and some patients are sensitive to standard drug strengths. With a physician’s consent, a compounding pharmacist can change the strength, alter the form, or add flavor to a patient’s medication. The pharmacist can also prepare the medication using several unique delivery systems, such as a sublingual troche or lozenge, a lollipop, or a trans-dermal gel or cream that can be absorbed through the skin. For those patients who are having a hard time swallowing a capsule, a compounding pharmacist can make a liquid suspension instead.
At Corvallis Drug, we provide physicians with the solutions they need in the following compounding applications: