Patients

Have you or a loved one experienced complications with taking medication?

If so, you are one among many. It is common for people to experience issues such as these:

  • Stomach upset from oral consumption of medication
  • Reluctancy to consume oral medication due to its taste
  • Unwillingness to consume oral medication due to difficulties swallow pills
  • Difficulty in obtaining proper amounts of medication due to a required dose of medication being different than that which is available from a manufacturer
  • Unwillingness to take medication at all, especially found in children or pets
  • Inability to take medication due to allergy.

A pharmacist at Valley View Drugs may be able to provide solutions for complications such as these. In a process of working closely with both patient and prescriber, compounding allows pharmacists to customize medication to meet the individual needs of each patient.

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Yes! Children and the elderly are often the types of patients who benefit most from compounding. It is common for parents to have a tough time getting their children to take medicine because of the taste. A compounding pharmacist can work directly with the physician and the patient to select a flavoring agent, such as bubblegum, grape, tutti frutti, or vanilla butternut, which provides both an appropriate match for the medication’s properties and the patient’s taste preferences. Just think – no more wasting medicine when a cranky patient spits it out! Compounding pharmacists also can help patients who experience chronic pain. For example, some arthritic patients cannot take certain medications due to gastrointestinal side effects. With a healthcare practitioner’s prescription, a compounding pharmacist may be able to provide these patients’ anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving medications with topical preparations that can be absorbed through the skin. Compounded prescriptions frequently are used to ease pain, nausea, and other symptoms for hospice patients as well.

Yes, all of our creams require a prescription from your healthcare provider.

Prescriptions for custom-compounded medication are becoming more prevalent. Physician’s are increasingly including the customization of medication in their practices. Ask your licensed healthcare practitioner about custom-compounded medication, or contact a compounding pharmacy and ask them to work with you and your healthcare provider.

Custom-compounded medication allows physicians and pharmacists to meet the specific needs of any patient.

* If a patient is allergic to a particular substance in a manufactured medication, a pharmacist can customize the medication to exclude the allergen.
* If a patient is prescribed a particular medication that is only manufactured in either a solid or liquid formation, and the patient requires the other formation, a pharmacist can compound the prescribed medication in the desired formation.
* If a patient requires a medication that is no longer being manufactured or is in short supply, a pharmacist can compound such a medication from the raw materials composing the manufactured medication.
* If a child dislikes the taste of a particular medication, a pharmacist can duplicate the medication and include a desirable flavor.
* If a pet dislikes the taste or formation of a particular medication, a pharmacist can customize the medication to be more desirable to the pet.

Custom-compounded medication benefits many patients in many unique ways.

Custom-compounded medication may or may not cost more than manufactured medication. A variety of factors determine the cost of both manufactured medications and custom-compounded medications. Fortunately, compounding pharmacists have direct access to raw materials and pure-grade chemicals which significantly lowers costs.

Personalized pharmaceutical compounding is pronounced by The Food and Drug Administration to be both ethical and legal as long as the prescribing practitioner and pharmacist are both licensed to do so.

In theory, any kind of prescription can be compounded. Custom-compounded medication is ideal for any patient with any unique requirement.

Some compounding applications:

* Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
* Hospice
* Pediatrics
* Pain Management
* Opthalmology
* Dentistry
* Otic (for the ear)
* Dermatology
* Medication flavoring
* Neuropathy
* Veterinary
* Sports Medicine
* Infertility
* Wound therapy
* Podiatry
* Gastroenterology
Etc…

Yes. It is safe for both children and adults, including the elderly. Custom-compounded medication is safer than manufactured compounded medication because with custom-compounded medication the patient receives only the required medication, in the required amounts, and nothing more.