What is Compounding ?
What is “Prescription Compounding” or “Pharmacy Compounding”? Compounding is the pharmaceutical science of making a medication that is compatible with the needs of an individual patient.
In this day and age most medications are mass produced; that is they are made in bulk by large pharmaceutical companies for thousands of people who at some time may need to have a prescription filled. In many instances mass produced medications will work just fine for a patient has fallen ill. However, in some instances a mass produced medication will not work or be tolerated. Something about the medication is not compatible with a patient’s unique physiological makeup.
Compounding allows a specially trained pharmacist to make a medication and a patient (human or animal) compatible. This is done by taking into consideration the patient's unique needs and symptoms.
A compounding pharmacist uses raw chemicals, powders, liquids, and special equipment to make each medication, one at a time. This results in a customized medication made by a pharmacist, according to a doctor's directions, to meet an individual patient need.We can expand your treatment by formulating creative, individualized, compounded medications that can improve compliance, maximize the potential for therapeutic success, and reduce the overall cost of pharmaceutical care. There are many cases where compounding can benefit the patient.
Compounded medications are necessary when:
Commonly compounded medicines include hormone replacement therapy, pain medication for hospice patients and pediatric formulations of a variety of drugs. There are no perfect medications. The medicine or dosage form that works well on one patient for one particular condition may not work well for another patient or a different condition. This is why your physician, dentist, veterinarian or other prescriber, needs options. With each patient and each treatment, the doctor must consider and assess the risks and benefits among all of the alternatives.
Compounding is Safe & Legal
Our compounding pharmacy must comply with the regulations set forth by the State Board of Pharmacy. The State Board of Pharmacy sets and enforces regulations for compounding, just as it does for traditional pharmacy. The ingredients used by our pharmacy to make compounds come from FDA-registered and inspected facilities.
We also follow all guidelines set forth by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) for compounding including:
Do All Pharmacies Specialize in Compounding?
No. Compounding is practiced by pharmacists who have been specially trained in the science of compounding. Compounding requires specialized equipment as well, which many pharmacies do not have.
Western Mass Compounding Center specializes in compounding, and we have been in business for over 13 years. Our pharmacists have received extensive training in compounding techniques and have access to a support network that generates a constant exchange of ideas and innovations.
Western Mass Compounding Center accepts prescriptions from licensed prescribers via the phone, fax (some exceptions may apply), or hard copy. By law, we are not allowed to dispense any compounded medications without an authorized prescription from a licensed prescriber. We would be happy to speak with you regarding questions you may have about compounding or the prescribing process.