Compounding Pharmacies Are The Answer To Issues With Drug Shortage
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Compounding is a combination of art that transcend time along with the up-to-date knowledge of medicine and cutting-edge technology thereby enabling preparation of customized medications by professionally trained pharmacists so that specific needs of patients are met. The building blocks of pharmacy as a profession is compounding. Compounding is fundamental to the profession of pharmacy and it was the standard for prescription drugs for eons prior to drugs being mass produced by drug companies.

Professional compounding is in demand as patients and healthcare professionals alike are becoming increasingly aware about the limitations in strengths and dosage that may be available but they fail to suffice as far as the specific requirements of patients are concerned. Such patients who may be immune to over-the counter medication often respond better to a dosage that is specially prepared for them according to the advice of the doctor in the form of a prescription.

A compounding pharmacist could be a conduit between the patient and the doctor for the purpose of customizing medication so that specific needs of patients are met. Numerous patients are diagnosed with ailment that readymade medications cannot cure. For them, medication prescribed by licensed practitioners and prepared by trained pharmacists are a time-tested and safe and secure way to good health.

A physician works alongside a compounding pharmacist and they complement each other. This is desirable as individual requirements of children, adults and animals can be fulfilled. A person could be allergic to a certain dye or to an ingredient, in that case, it would be necessary to either alter the strength or opt for a variation in the dosage form. Whatever the medical requirements of patients, solutions are rendered by compounding pharmacists

Whether or not a formulation would be effective enough depends to a large extent on how the formulation is prepared. Hence, as far as selection of a compounding pharmacy is a place where one would be spoilt for choice as there are many skilled compounding pharmacists. Compounding pharmacists and technicians undergoing continuous professional education on cutting-edge technology and quality chemicals is imperative.

A compounding pharmacist ought to be experienced and ingenuous as well. If a formula needs tweaking or if a one-of-a-kind preparation has to be developed, there are a few things that ought to be considered including physical and chemical properties of the active ingredients – viscosity, tonicity, solubility, and a suitable form of dosage or device to administer the medication. Proper standard operating procedures and stability tests should be performed while compounding, along with sterility and potency testing.

The old-fashioned compounding pharmacies seem to have made a comeback just in time to play a pivotal role in providing essential drugs that saves lives particularly at a time when they are in short supply for protracted periods of time. The dosages prepared by compounding pharmacies are accurate with proper ingredients. No wonder compounding pharmacies as a backup to life saving drugs being increasingly in demand and fast becoming popular as a viable alternative when essential drugs are scarce.

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Steven Blake is familiar with several medical equipment suppliers and compounding pharmacies in Huntington Beach for long. Here he has discussed about “Why Custom Topical Pain Relievers are Important for Pain Management”?


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