“My cat Bijou won’t take her omeprazole.”
- Don’t worry we can put it in capsule for her.
“My son can’t swallow a pill.”
- We will put in a lollipop for him: What’s his favorite flavor?
“My mother is allergic to an ingredient in her prescribed maintenance medication.”
- With Dr. approval, we can simply leave that ingredient out.
“My teenage daughter injured her knee but I don’t want her taking prescription pain pills”.
- Her Dr. can prescribe a pain medication that is rubbed into the skin without risk of stomach upset or addiction.
“I have acne and spironolactone works for me…but I don’t want to take it orally”.
Our VCS Acne Gel contains spironolactone and is applied directly to the skin.
These are just a few real life scenarios where a compounding pharmacy can provide patients and prescribers effective solutions. Over 200 years ago, compounding was pharmacy in America, and the history of compounding can be traced back to the Egyptians!
Compounding is the traditional art of preparing medications to meet a patient’s specific needs. Since the beginning of the pharmacy profession, medications have been custom prepared; only in the last few decades have mass-produced manufactured products become the primary source of medications.
After all, we are not a “one size fits all” society. Dr. Jay Cohen of Del Mar recently stated, “When drug companies recommend the same dosages to Nancy Reagan and Shaquille O’Neil, you know something is wrong.” Doctor: Medical profession needs dose of sanity in drug prescribing. The Union Tribune, Local Section, July 16, 2012 by Fred Dickey.
We like to think of compounded medications like a custom made suit or the wedding cake you designed for your special day…it is made exclusively for you (or for Bijou the cat).
• Remember we are not a “one size fits all” society.
• Ask your compounding pharmacy if they are PCAB Accredited®.
• If possible go to the pharmacy for an “on site” visit.
• Patients ALWAYS have a right to choose their compounding pharmacy.
• Ask your compounding pharmacy is they accept insurance and if they don’t make a few calls to find one that does.