Bernard's Family Pharmacy is pleased to offer Specialty (Drug) Compounding services to its customers.
What is Drug Compounding?
It is the art and science of mixing one or more drugs in a special formulation to fill a prescription written by a physician.
There are many circumstances in which a compounded prescription might be necessary. When some medicine may become unavailable due to manufacturers? inability to produce or refuses to produce due to lack of demand. When you are limited by the commercial unavailability, a compounding pharmacist can prepare the medicine as long as chemical powder is available.
Some allergy-sensitive people may require active ingredient, but because of the fillers, dyes, binders and other additive(s) in a commercial preparation that may produce allergies. A pharmacist can customize the prescription medicine without the allergy-sensitive ingredients. Most mass-produced commercial medications are limited to certain dosages. They use the one-size-fits-all to make it economically feasible to mass produce this prescription medication. However, a patient?s unique therapeutic dose may fall somewhere in between. The physician can order the therapeutic dose specific for his patient not available commercially by relying on the expertise of the compounding pharmacist.
Specific needs for children can be met through a compounding pharmacist. Adult medications may be reduced in strength for children and put in a suspension and also flavored to the child?s preference. Another circumstance which may require a compounding pharmacist would pertain to a specific pet in your family. A compounding pharmacist cannot only formulate the medication but also flavor it. Other circumstances may require a special topical formulation which allows the prescription medication to be absorbed through the skin. People who have trouble swallowing or cannot use a suppository may require such a formulation.
Of course, none of this can be possible without what is called the triad relationship. This is the essential relationship between the patient, physician and pharmacist. The physician must first prescribe the medication, then the pharmacist compounds and dispenses the custom medicine to the patient with special instructions for the patient. This allows the patient to receive the personalized healthcare service they both require and deserve.