Compounding Pharmacy: is about the needs for different concentration, dosage, delivery format and exclusion of allergic ingredient from the final dispensed drug. This make up for short coming of mass manufactured pharmaceuticals.
Compounding pharmacy is a popular term or name used to describe about the art and science of mixing two or more ingredients of medicine. The drug is make into the strength and form that are in compliance with the prescription needs of the doctor and the patient herself. And this also meet the professional standard required of the State Board of Pharmacy.
In the early days, all the medication needs were dispensed through compounding pharmacy practice. However, since the invent of the mass pharmacy production, the role of the pharmacist has been reduced to the dispensing. This is rather unfortunate. As we all know, it take 4 years of university training to becomes a pharmacist but their talent is not fully put into use. This drains the state of resources and the trainee the time and money wasted. The one size fits all of the mass drug production could not meets the need of the patient, and hence the resurgence of the new breed of trained pharmacist who knows how to do compounding.
Most of the time we are referring to the compound pharmacy of oral ro even the local application format of drug administration route. We can actually also compounding make of sterile inject-able medicine.
Drug Compounding: is about the art & science of mixing 2 or more drug ingredient to a customized needs of the patient
Factors determining special needs of patient includes:
- the strength of the medication, that is the concentration within a specific volume. For example, a very sick patient who has no appetite to swallow big volume of drug may go for highly concentrated volume in small quantity. Many cancer and terminal patient may need this requirement.
- dosage forms. Example, a sick person, or baby may only able to swallow liquid medication instead of solid tablet or capsule.
- the flavors to suit the patient, eg the baby and children who prefers sweet and pleasant flavor that the usual better and pungent smell of the drug
- the needs to exclude the ingredient due to the allergy and sensitivity to a particular dye or preservative that are the non essential part of the drug
Common conditions it can treat
This includes the followings:
- lack of energy, tiredness, malaise, muscle fatigue
- no sex drive/ low libido
- poor concentration
- daytime sleepiness, sleeping difficulties, insomnia, snoring,
- forgetfulness in elderly
- lower leg weakness, leg shaking syndrome
- decreased appetite, poor appetite, no appetite
- loss of balance and coordination, poor balance, poor mobility
- low mood, no motivation, cannot think
- no initiative, lack interest
- i am depressed, depression
- andropause, or male menopause
- Skin irritation & allergy, eg contact dermatitis requires personalized skin care