Compounding pharmacies produce customized medications for patients that match their particular medical needs, tolerances, dosage requirements, and more. They produce medications from scratch that are suited for each individual patient, and the formula that is used for one patient is often completely unique to that person.
There are several clinical circumstances in which these pharmacies are used to produce customized medications, and they are being used more commonly in modern medicine to create more effective and specific drugs. Physicians in medical fields such as sports medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, dermatology and others have started to rely upon compounded treatments and have found them to be highly targeted and useful for certain patients.
They produce medications that are suitable for each person
Some patients may have allergies to an ingredient found in a commercial medication and as a result they may need an alternative. A compounded alternative medication can be created that does not have the allergen, allowing the patient to get the medical treatment that they need without having to switch to a different drug.
In many other cases a compounded medicine can be more easily administered, for example one patient may not be able to chew or swallow a pill, and as a result they may benefit from an injectable form of the same drug. There are dozens of other applications and the uses for pharmaceutical compounding continue to grow as modern medicine develops new treatments.
Compounding pharmacies are regulated by each State Board of Pharmacy
Every U.S. state’s Board of Pharmacy regulates compounding pharmacies; they are not regulated by the FDA because the FDA does not have the resources and the oversight to manage the production of drugs at these pharmacies.
As a result, it is crucial that physicians and patients work only with accredited and licensed pharmacies that are legally allowed to produce medications in their state of residence. Most of them are safe but occasionally there are some that operate outside of USP (United States Pharmacopeia) and State Board of Pharmacy standards.
The USP issues the reference standards for drug production
The United States Pharmacopeial Convention publishes the standards that compounding facilities used to produce their medications. The USP is an organization dedicated to issuing public standards for medicines and foods that improve global health and their reference standards have been developed by researchers over a period of several decades.
The standards are regularly updated by the USP to ensure that they comply with modern pharmaceutical practices. At the moment the USP produces over 3,200 reference standards which are used to identify the quality, purity, potency and identification of several different drugs and supplements.
Physicians use drug compounding to create unique medications
Another one of the main applications of these pharmacies is to allow physicians to work with pharmacists to create unique medications that they cannot find commercially.
This is particularly useful in fields like sports medicine where compounded medications can be very effective, such as when NSAID medications are administered topically or through new medication delivery methods like electrophoresis. This allows for medical and treatment breakthroughs to occur, and gives physicians the freedom to try out treatments that may not be commercially available.
Compounding pharmacies are safe
As long as the pharmacy is approved by the State Board of Pharmacy, has licensed pharmacists on staff, has the proper sterile equipment and cleanroom to produce its medicines, and abides by USP reference and medication production standards, it is perfectly safe for producing a wide range of different medications.
There are some pharmacies that have operated without Board of Pharmacy approval or without licensed pharmacists that were shut down by the FDA, however the vast majority abide by legal, medical and ethical standards.
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