What is Compounding?
Compounding provides an innovative way for pharmacists to customize medications to fit the needs of their patients. The art of compounding utilizes modern medicine while still holding true to the roots of the profession of pharmacy.
Compounding pharmacies can produce unique dosage forms based on patient preferences and/or restrictions. Examples include dye-free, preservative-free, alcohol-free, and/or sugar-free forms of medications. Many compounds are specialized medication combinations or compounded in other forms that are not otherwise commercially available.
Your pharmacist is trained in compounding a wide variety of ointments, gels, syrups, suspensions, suppositories, capsules and other formulations that can make medications easier to take, address any special health problems, or just simply get you feeling better, faster.
Compounded medications are generally safe and effective for most patients who have talked to their doctor about their health and how a compounded medication can help them.
Medications are compounded and dispensed to patients only upon receipt of a valid patient-specific prescription.
Compounding requires a relationship between the patient, physician, and pharmacist. Together, they will work together to provide an alternative treatment option when and if the currently available treatment options are not the best fit for you.
We specialize in medications that treat both chronic and neuropathic pain. When formulating compounds to treat chronic pain, we work with your doctor to tritrate the doses to meet your body’s needs. We also compound medications that are long lasting and those that are for breakthrough pain only. We specialize in making formulations that avoid the use of acetaminophen, which can lead to liver toxicity. For treating neuropathic pain, there are many available alternative dosing regimens so that all medications compounded are specific to your body’s needs.
- Topical Gel
- Inhalation Solutions
When it comes to Orthopedic Therapy there are hundreds of formulations available. We work directly with your doctor to find the formulation that is specific to your needs. Ask our pharmacists about formulations for:
- Topical Delivery: Gels that transfer medication through the dermis of the skin in order to bypass the G.I. Tract.
- Ionotophoresis: Electrodes are used to transfer medication through the skin.
- Phonophoresis: Ultrasound is used to transfer medication through the skin.
We understand that sometimes it is difficult to get your children to take their medication. We offer a wide variety of flavors that can be added to your children’s medications such as:
- Bubble Gum
- Root Beer
Many medications that children require are not available in a pediatric dosage. We offer specific dosages for children so that almost any medication that they need is available to them in a more suitable amount. We also offer medications in different dosage forms such as:
- Diluted Oral Liquids
- Concentrated Oral Liquids
- Topical Gels
Pregnancy should be a wonderful experience for women, but sometimes it becomes difficult. Early in the pregnancy, the uterus must possess a certain thickness so that the embryo can attach itself to the lining. Some women are not able to keep this thickness throughout the first few weeks of pregnancy, and they lose their baby. Progesterone can be used to keep the endometrium of the uterus thick so that the embryo will stay attached to the uterus. We compound progesterone into several different forms such as:
- Vaginal Suppositories
- Topical Gels
Are you having trouble keeping down your nausea and vomiting medications? During pregnancy, one of the most common related ailments is nausea and vomiting. We formulate Promethazine, one of the most commonly prescribed tablets for nausea and vomiting, into a topical gel that may be absorbed through the skin on the wrists or stomach so that the medication will not be lost if vomiting occurs.
Menopause is a crucial time when related to women’s health. Every woman must decide what Hormone Replacement Therapy to use. She must also consider preventing osteoporosis and heart disease. One of the most popular questions in women’s health right now is “What is natural hormone replacement therapy?” Typically natural HRT is hormones that are compounded specifically from raw chemicals identical to those that are made in your body. These bio-identical hormones are tailor made for you, the individual, unlike conjugated horse estrogens which are commercially available. We will work with you and your doctor to find the exact formulation that your body needs by following symptoms related to menopause. Hormone Replacement Therapy is available in many forms, such as: Troches, Topical Gels ,Injections ,Capsules, and Suppositories.
Many people today believe that hormone replacement therapy is solely for women. This is not true. Men experience a slow decrease in testosterone levels available in their body during a fifteen year period beginning around age thirty. This period in their lives is called Andropause. Andropause has been linked to symptoms in men such as:
- Loss of Libido
- Mood Disorders
Many men may experience symptomatic relief if the testosterone levels are restored. At P&S Pharmacy, we work with your doctor to find a dosage of testosterone that is best for your body. We have many different dosage forms available:
- Topical Gels
- Oral Capsules
With the clever commercials and ads thrown in front of us daily, most men are lead to believe that a little blue pill is their only solution. This is not true. At Osborn Drugs we work with your doctor to find the best solution to this problem. We have several different dosage forms available.
Many animal owners are faced with difficult decisions when their animals become sick or need ongoing therapy. We at P&S Pharmacy work with you and your veterinarian to find the best solution for your animal. We work with both large and small animals, from livestock such as horses and cows, to dogs, cats, birds, ferrets and parrots. We offer solutions that are both easy to use and economical. Many manufacturers often discontinue production of medications that are not cost effective. We have the ability to produce these medications in a strength that is best for your animal. We also work to make these medications palatable for each species, such as tuna flavorings for cats. Additionally, we can prepare medications in different dosage forms that are appropriate for each species and size of animal. For example: Topical Gels to be applied to the inside of cats’ ears, Medication in Doggy Treats, Triple Fish Formulas.