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What is Compounding?

”The preparation, mixing, assembling, altering, packaging, and labeling of a drug, drug-delivery device, or device in accordance with a licensed practitioner's prescription, medication order, or initiative based on the practitioner –patient –pharmacist–compounder relationship in the course of professional practice.“-United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) 795

Compounding provides an innovative way for pharmacists to customize medications to fit the needs of their patients. The art of compounding utilizes modern medicine while still holding true to the roots of the profession of pharmacy. Compounding pharmacies can produce unique dosage forms based on patient preferences and/or restrictions. Examples include dye-free, preservative-free, alcohol-free, and/or sugar-free forms of medications as well as products that are not commercially available.

What are the benefits of compounding?

What is Compounding?

Sometimes a large pharmaceutical manufacturer discontinues a medication. Often this happens because not enough patients are taking the drug, so it is unprofitable to keep mass-producing it. But what about the patients who still need that drug? Hundreds or even thousands of patients still may need that medication.

A compounding pharmacist can re-create that medication by compounding it, so even if only one person in the world still needs that medication, they can have it thanks to compounding!

A patient may be allergic to or intolerant of an ingredient commonly found in the commercially manufactured form of a medication.

Ingredients that may be allergy-inducing include: lactose, preservatives, dyes, gluten, and/or sugar. A compounding pharmacist can create a personalized medication, formulated to give the patient the treatment they need while leaving out the problematic ingredient.

Some medications have a very unpleasant flavor, which makes the patient less likely to take it as directed. A compounding pharmacist can flavor many medications to make it more palatable without compromising the medication’s effectiveness. This is especially handy when dealing with medications for patients who may refuse medication, such as young children, elderly patients, or even pets!

A patient may need their medication in a different dosage form. For instance, patients who have difficulty swallowing a pill may find it easier to take their medication in a pleasantly flavored liquid form. Some medications can be compounded in a topical form such as a cream or a gel that allows the medicine to be absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin.

Compounding applications can include:

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT),Hospice, Pediatrics, Pain management, Dentistry, Otic (for the ear), Dermatology, Medication flavouring, Neuropathy, Veterinary, Sports medicine, Infertility, Wound therapy, Podiatry, Gastroenterology… And many more!

Is custom compounding right for you?

Ask your healthcare practitioner or pharmacist today about the benefits of personalized prescription compounding.

Meet Your Lead Compounding Pharmacist

Jason Buenger

Hi, my name is Jason. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Pharmacy in 2001 with a doctorate degree in pharmacy. My desire to be a pharmacist is rooted in my interest in chemistry and mechanics. I like to know how things “work” and pharmacy is a great blend of personal interaction and science.

I have practiced retail pharmacy since graduating and have been with the hometown pharmacy since 2003. Working in an independent pharmacy has afforded me the opportunity to get to know my patients and explore the many facets of patient needs. Over the years I have helped patients not only with drug information but medical equipment and braces, therapy decisions, ostomy products, long term care needs, medication organization, vaccination administration, health checks including blood pressure, cholesterol and bone density screening, finances, insurance billing, medication disposal, medicare consultation, travel needs, and most important to me, custom medication compounding. This experience allows me to help each patient differently, as an individual, and helps find solutions to problems.

In getting to know my patients they discover that I have many other interests beyond pharmacy. I enjoy anything involving my family and keep busy with running, biking, camping, canoeing and hunting. I like to keep busy, so you will often find me planning a race, trip or family event. Stop in and see me, fill a prescription or just tell me about your bucket list for life, either is fine with me.

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