Until recently, all pharmacies combined multiple prescription ingredients to create customized treatments that addressed each patient’s needs. However, very few “compounding” pharmacies exist today due to complex state and federal regulations. Although there aren’t many within New York, Phil Altman, Compounding Pharmacist, runs one in Westchester.
For millions of people in the U.S., the need for customized prescription medications is essential to maintaining their health and well-being. When prepared by licensed, trained compounding pharmacists, these uniquely formulated medications represent the only way some people can stay healthy and out of the hospital.
Compounded medications are often tailor-made for patients who experience difficulty taking their prescriptions in a certain form. For example, patients who have problems swallowing pills or tablets can depend on compounding pharmacists to formulate the same kind of medication in liquid, gel or cream form.
In addition, compounding pharmacies offer convenience for patients who need to take several medications by safely combining them into a single dosage. Allergen and/or preservative-free medications may be compounded to minimize side effects for sensitive patients. Children’s medications can be flavored to make them more palatable and easier for parents to administer.
All compounding pharmacists and pharmacies adhere to strict regulations and best practices established by State Boards of Pharmacy and the U.S. Pharmacopeia, National Association of Boards. Patients getting their medications from a compounding pharmacy are assured of receiving accurately filled, carefully measured medications.
Some compounding pharmacies also provide top quality, bioidentical hormone therapy treatments formulated with pharmaceutical grade ingredients. BHT prescriptions can also be compounded into dosage forms ranging from creams, tablets and gels to lozenges and capsules, making it convenient for anyone wanting the benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy to receive them.