Intro to Compounding

Intro to Compounding

Prescription Compounding

The demand for professional compounding in Wisconsin has increased as health care professionals and patients realize that commercially available medications do not meet the needs of many patients, and that these patients may have a better response to a customized medication dosage form that is just what the doctor ordered. Our compounding professionals can customize medications to fit each individual patient.

How do compounded medications benefit me?

There are several reasons why pharmacists compound prescriptions. Many patients are allergic to preservatives or dyes, or are sensitive to standard drug strengths. With a physician's prescription, a compounding pharmacist can change the strength of a medication, alter its form to make it easier for the patient to ingest, or add flavor to it to make it more palatable. A compounding pharmacist can also prepare the medication using several unique delivery systems, such as sublingual troche or lozenge, a lollipop, or a transdermal gel. Or, for those patients who are having a difficult time swallowing a capsule, a compounding pharmacist can make a suspension or suppository instead.

Can my child (or my elderly parent) take compounded medication?

Yes. Children and the elderly are often the types of patients who benefit most from compounding. Often, parents have a tough time getting their children to take medicine because of the taste. A compounding pharmacist can work directly with the physician and the patient to select a flavoring agent, such as, vanilla, butternut or tutti frutti, that provides both an appropriate match for the medication's properties and the patient's taste preference.

Compounding pharmacists also have helped patients who are experiencing chronic pain. For example, some arthritic patients cannot take certain medications due to gastrointestinal side effects. Working with their physician, a compounding pharmacist can provide them with a topical preparation with the anti-inflammatory or analgesic their doctor has prescribed for them. Compounded prescriptions often are used for pain management in hospice care.

What kinds or prescriptions can be compounded?

Almost any kind. Compounded prescriptions are ideal for any patient requiring unique dosages and/or delivery devices, which can take the form of solutions, suppositories, sprays, oral rinses, lollipops, and even as transdermal sticks. Compounding applications can include; Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Veterinary, Hospice, Pediatric, Dental, Otic, Dermatology, Medication Flavoring, Chronic Pain Management, Neuropathies, Sports Medicine, Infertility, Wound Therapy, Podiatry, and Gastroenterology.

Is prescription compounding legal? Is it safe?

Compounding has been part of healthcare since the origins of pharmacy, and is used widely today in all areas of the industry, from hospitals to nuclear medicine. Over the last decade, compounding's resurgence has largely benefited from advances in technology, quality control and research methodology. The Food and Drug Administration has stated that compounded prescriptions are both ethical and legal as long as they are prescribed by a licensed practitioner for a specific patient and compounded by a licensed pharmacy. In addition, state boards of pharmacy regulate compounding.

Does my doctor know about prescription compounding?

Prescription compounding is a rapidly growing component of many Wisconsin physicians' practices. But in today's world of aggressive marketing by drug manufacturers, some may not realize the extent of compounding's resurgence in recent years. MD Custom Rx, a compounding-only pharmacy, is committed to providing high-quality compounded medications in the dosage form and strength prescribed by the physician. Through the triad relationship of patient, physician, and pharmacist, all three can work together to solve unique medical problems.

Is custom prescription compounding right for you?

Ask your physician or call MD Custom Rx today to learn about the benefits of custom prescription compounding. Depending on your condition, we may have access to treatment options your doctor is not familiar with, or is not aware can be supplied in Wisconsin. Because of the economics driving the medical industry, there are many very effective drugs, such as low dose naltrexone, which get lost by the wayside. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is another treatment which can be helpful for a variety of conditions, as it replaces chemicals which occur naturally in the body. If you have a condition like Multiple Sclerosis, recurring pain, thyroid problems, or anything which you have not found satisfactory treatment for, check with MD Custom Rx to find out if you have options you didn't know about.