Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. Its practice dates back to the origins of pharmacy. It declined in the 1950s and ‘60s as the pharmacist’s role quickly changed from a preparer of medications to a dispenser of mass-manufactured products. However, this “one-size-fits-all” approach to medication meant that some patients’ needs were not met.
Within the last few decades, compounding has experienced a renaissance, as modern technology, innovative techniques and new research have allowed more pharmacists to customize medications to meet a patient’s unique needs.
Here at ParkHill Pharmacy, we have both the experience and knowledge to help determine if a compounded option may help you. We want to work with you, and your other health care professionals, to ensure you have the best treatment outcome.
Working with your health care provider, a compounding pharmacist can:
- Alter the form of your medication to make it easier to use or ingest
- Add flavor to your medication to make it more palatable
- Adjust the strength of your medication so that it meets your specific needs
- Combine medications into one, easy-to-use form
- In some cases, formulate medications that are no longer manufactured commercially
Compounding pharmacists can prepare medication for a variety of needs and applications, including:
- Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
- Pain management
- Otic (for the ear)
- Sports medicine
- Wound and scar therapy
Every prescription insurance plan is unique. Some insurance plans cover compounds directly at the pharmacy counter, and others may require the patient to submit a claim form. We will contact your prescription plan to see what your coverage is for a customized medication and bill directly as much as possible.
Compounding may cost more or less than conventional medication. It depends on factors such as the type of ingredients, the equipment required, and the time it takes the pharmacist to research and prepare the medication. We are committed to using quality ingredients to always ensure the most successful outcome.