What is Compounding?
Over the last 100 years, the practice of pharmacy has moved from the pharmacist preparing medicines to the pharmacist packaging medicines made by pharmaceutical companies. However, one size may not fit all. In order to customize medicines for people or pets, doctors will often work with compounding pharmacists like Scott to develop medicines, or methods of delivering medicines (i.e. a liquid instead of a capsule), that may not be commercially available. Scott his team prepare compounded medicines in Watson’s in-store compounding laboratories (at both Main St. and Wellington St.). We are a proud member of the Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) which ensures our team has access to the latest resources and training in the field of compounding.
How can compounding help you?
Compounded medicines typically require a prescription. Scott and his team work closely with physicians to determine what will work best for a patient’s specific needs. There are countless examples of how compounding can offer some creative methods of treating medical conditions.
Pharmacist Agatha Dwilewicz leads a compounding workshop for kids at Watson’s
For example, for those with swallowing difficulties or nausea, creams or gels can be made to carry medicine through the skin. In addition, tasty liquids can be made to carry drugs for a child who is reluctant to take his or her medicine. A drug that is used with some success in hair loss is Minoxidil. A compounded Minoxidil solution may be prepared in various strengths, and perhaps combined with other medicines used to treat hair loss. Products for head lice sometimes just don’t seem to help. It is possible to prepare specially designed shampoos to treat lice that may be resistant to commercial preparations. Dark spots that appear on skin may be lightened with specialty creams that contain a variety of antioxidants. Many compounded formulae exist for this purpose. A painful nerve condition called neuropathy is hard to treat, even with new medications on the market. Creams may be designed with a variety of pain-relieving agents that offer another alternative. For those suffering from pain due to inflammation, creams can be designed to deliver anti-inflammatory agents directly to the area affected.
Even pets can benefit from medicines compounded into capsules, flavored liquids and tasty chewy treats….just ask Lucky, Scott’s cat!
Bioidentical hormones are an option worth exploring for women experiencing the symptoms of menopause but who are reluctant to try traditional hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical hormones are derived from plants and have the exact same chemical structure as hormones produced within the human body. Creams can be designed with various strengths and combinations of hormones – whatever is best for that particular person.