The vast benefits of pharmaceutical compounding are derived from the ability of compounding pharmacies to create a specific compound medication tailored to a patient’s individual needs. The advantages of this practice include:

Allowing Patients to Gain Access to Discontinued Medication

Medicine can often get discontinued because there isn’t enough demand for the drug to remain profitable. This does not mean, however, that the drug is no longer needed. Pharmaceutical compounding companies are able to recreate discontinued medications for those patients that still require the drug treatment.

Creating Alternative Options for Patients with Ingredient Sensitivities or Allergies

Patients are often sensitive or allergic to dyes and preservatives in mass-produced drugs. Compounding pharmacies can formulate prescriptions that remove inactive ingredients that cause adverse reactions for certain patients. Some common instances of this are hypoallergenic medications being compounded for patients with allergies, or soy or gluten-free formulas compounded for patients with specific intolerances.

Making Medication More Affordable for Patients

Compounding pharmacies sometimes have the ability to charge less for the specific doses of medication they are able to compound for patients. While compound medication is not always a cheaper option, in some cases compound prescription drugs can be cheaper than mass-produced medications, allowing patients to get the exact treatment they need without breaking their budget.

Increasing Patient Compliance via Flavoring or Creating Alternative Forms of Medication

Compounding pharmacists are able to create better-tasting formulas that patients are more willing to accept. Size can also be altered, making pills easier to accept. While some patients prefer pills, others prefer liquids, and the list goes on. Compound pharmacies can alter a medication’s structure to suit patient preference. Liquids can be put into capsule form, while pills can be put into a liquid suspension, for example. Altering medication form or flavoring can be particularly beneficial in the following fields:

Pain Management

Pain medication can often be difficult to stomach for patients. Unwanted side effects including nausea, drowsiness, and dizziness (to name a few) are commonly experienced with mass-produced pain management medication. Compound medications that avoid these side effects can be created for patients in need. Compounding pharmacists can take the ingredients of an oral pain medication, for example, and create alternative delivery forms such as topical gels, creams, or sprays.

 Pediatrics

Compounding medications into dosage sizes and forms that are easier to administer, and/or compounded into flavors, colors, or consistencies that children find more enticing, eliminates the major hurdles that are often involved in nursing sick children back to health. Compounding pharmacies can also formulate medications to the exact dosage needed based on size and weight, which can be very helpful when dealing with small children.

Geriatrics

Elderly patients also benefit immensely from the alternative delivery forms offered by compounding pharmaceuticals. In particular, making a pill easier to swallow or offering an alternative to oral medications entirely can be a huge service to geriatric patients.

Contact iCompound

Ultimately, the primary benefits of compounding services lie in creating personalized formulas that result in a better level of overall health for patients. Ensure your patients are taking advantage of the many benefits of compound medications by partnering with iCompound to gain access to the best compounding pharmacies and compound products available in your area!