Imagine a world where there are no home kitchens or fine dining restaurants and all food comes in pre-packaged boxes. There’s no choice in what you get, no opportunity to customise your food according to personal taste or dietary requirements that affect your health.
Sounds depressing doesn’t it?
When it comes to medication, this is the world-model that we could all be faced with if it weren’t for a little-known health care sector which provides a vital personalised service to our community.
In our modern impersonal world compounded medicine is the personalised alternative to the cookie-cutter approach offered by large global pharmaceutical companies, or ‘Big Pharma’.
Compounded medication is nothing new-age or radical. It’s how all medications were routinely made for hundreds of years – right up until the advent of supermarkets, fast food drive-thrus and globalisation of mass-produced consumer products.
Before the second world war, most community pharmacies were compounding pharmacies. Behind each front counter were small laboratories where the pharmacist would make up medications using raw pharmaceutical ingredients, according to a recipe-like script prepared by the customer’s doctor.
While most have gone the way of the old-fashioned corner store, some compounding pharmacies still exist today offering a highly specialised service, preparing hand-made medicine specifically tailored for the needs of the individual.
Who needs personalised medication?
While mass-produced medication works well for the majority of people the majority of the time there are times when the one-size fits all approach is not ideal. For example…
Medicines often contain preservatives to keep the active ingredients stable for long periods of time. Many also contain artificial colours and fillers to make them more attractive to the consumer. Unfortunately some people are allergic to these non-medical additives. A local compounding pharmacy can make up identical medications leaving out the preservatives and colours that can trigger some people’s allergies.
Some people also have trouble swallowing pills and tablets. They have an overactive gag reflex that makes taking medicine a highly disagreeable and sometimes distressing chore. Small infants also are unable to swallow pills and tablets. With a script from a doctor a compounding pharmacy can prepare medication as a liquid or a troche making administration far more comfortable and effective.
If you take multiple pills and tablets daily, you’ll know what an inconvenient imposition it is. It can be tempting to miss a dose here and there, which can be detrimental to your health. To avoid this some people have a compounding pharmacist combine their multiple medications into one or two pills or tablets. It’s quick, easy and just as effective.
Small children and occasionally the elderly can sometimes stubbornly refuse to take their medication, due to the ‘yucky’ taste. A compounding pharmacy can help with this by making up the medication in a range of appealing flavours like vanilla, chocolate, banana, butterscotch, raspberry and bubblegum.
To find out more about how personalised medication prepared by a compounding pharmacy might be able to help you, contact one of the friendly team at National Custom Compounding on 1300 731 755 or email [email protected].