For centuries, doctors have prescribed medications for their patients. The pharmacist followed exactly the doctor’s specifications and meticulously formulated these prescriptions. As the science of medicine advanced, many of the standard prescriptions began to be formulated and manufactured by pharmaceutical manufacturers. Most pharmacists welcomed the change, since this removed most of their physical hand labor. Now pharmacists could concentrate on spending more time with the patients and the dispensing and counselling process.
However, doctors began to notice that not all patients responded to the standardised manufactured medicines. There was still a need to formulate or “compound” prescriptions to the individual needs of these patients. Many patients were sensitive to the various fillers, dyes and preservatives that were used in commercial medicines. A few pharmacists responded to theses special needs by continuing to carefully compound these prescriptions to the exact specifications ordered by the doctors without the offending chemicals. Some medications have been discontinued by the manufacturers simply because it became unprofitable to manufacture them. This became a real problem for the patient who had responded well to these drugs. Where could this person obtain their needed medication? Again, the compounding pharmacist is usually able to meet this need.
The compounding pharmacist who is committed to the art and skill of prescription compounding has made a significant investment in obtaining pure drugs and chemicals along with highly specialised equipment in order to make these medications. The compounding pharmacist must be involved in obtaining extra education and training which is unique in the profession of pharmacy. Compounding laboratories and sterile environments are all part of the compounding pharmacy. Literature to verify and validate the use of unique compounded medications must be researched and distributed to the doctors who choose to treat the unique needs of their patients.
Is it legal to compound prescriptions? The pharmacy rules allow pharmacists to formulate a prescription when so ordered by the licensed practitioner for a specific patient. Any health care practitioner that is licensed to prescribe medications can write prescriptions for compounded or formulated products such as; Paediatric medicines that need a better flavour; Hormone replacement products including oral, topical, vaginal, sublingual, buccal; Genitourinary creams, ointments, suppositories; Ear and Eye drops and ointments; and Veterinary products for a favourite pet. These are just a few of the many products that compounding pharmacist can formulate.
Contact our compounding pharmacist today if you have a specific requirement or need more information on what is possible.