What is Compounding

Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. Its practice dates back to the origins of pharmacy. With the advent of drug manufacturing in the 1950s and 60s, the pharmacist's role as a preparer of medications quickly changed to that of a dispenser of manufactured dosage forms. Within the last 2 decades, compounding has experienced a resurgence as modern technology and innovative techniques have allowed more pharmacists to customize medications to meet specific patient needs.

There are several reasons why pharmacists compound prescription medications -

Many patients may be allergic to preservatives or dyes found in commercially available medications. A compounding pharmacists can, with your physicians consent, reformulate the medication leaving out non-essential excipients.

Some patients are unable to take certain medication by mouth because of gastro-intestinal side effects, such as anti-inflammatory agents used for arthritis. These medications can be reformulated by a compounding pharmacist to be administered on the skin instead.

Often, parents have a tough time getting their children to take medicine because of the taste. A compounding pharmacist can work directly with the physician and the patient to select a flavoring agent such as vanilla, butternut or tutti-frutti that provides both an appropriate match for the medication's properties and the patient's taste preferences.

Compounded prescriptions are ideal for any patient requiring unique dosage needs and almost any prescription can be compounded. Is custom compounding right for you? Ask your physician or your R DRUGS ETC pharmacist today about the benefits of personalized prescription compounding.

Women's Health

Are you looking for relief from the discomfort of menopausal symptoms? Are you concerned about the potential side effects of the traditional hormone replacement? Your physician may prescribe bio-identical hormone replacement for you. Your R DRUGS ETC pharmacist is certified by the American College of Apothecaries to compound your Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement prescriptions for you.

Your R DRUGS ETC pharmacist will work with your physician to create your personalized Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy formula. You are unique, with your own normal hormone levels. Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and other hormones must be properly balanced for optimum health. Based on your symptoms and lab test results, you can receive specific amounts of each hormone to create a therapy that is just right for you.

Skin Care

A healthy skin is vital for your well being. Your dermatologist can help you care for your skin in many important ways, including early detection and treatment of skin disease, preventing unnecessary damage, performing surgical or cosmetic procedures to remove cancer and other growths or removal of wrinkles and brown spots.

Your R DRUGS ETC compounding pharmacist will work closely with your dermatologist to create personally tailored medications to address various problems, from acne to aging skin, psoriasis, rashes and warts.

Personalized compounded prescriptions have the following benefits:

  • Unique dosage forms containing the best dose of medicine for you.
  • Elimination of trouble-causing excipients (such as dyes or alcohol) which you may be allergic to.
  • Combinations of your different medications for easier application and compliance with therapy.
  • Creative devices for medication administration

You can rely on R DRUGS ETC for best pricing on all your elective medications.

Topical Pain Management

Topical pain medications can be very beneficial in managing pain due arthritis, trauma or neuropathic issues. Our pharmacy utilizes PCCA’s LipodermR family of bases in compounding your medications in a cream.

More than just a topical cream, LipodermR transdermal bases are designed – and proven through multiple studies – to transport drugs through the skin. You may be familiar with commercially available transdermal patches, but transdermal preparations compounded with LipodermR provide a variety of treatment options and advantages.

  • Proven to deliver up to four drugs through skin simultaneously.
  • Provides an option when taking multiple medications orally is not possible or preferred.
  • May be an option if you are allergic to transdermal patches, or require a medication that is not commercially available as a patch.

Have a question about our pain management cream? Call us today and talk to our compounding pharmacists.

Pet Care

You can always count on R DRUGS ETC to do everything we can to assist your veterinarian in keeping your pet healthy. Through Fellowship in the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists, we make sure that your animal is getting the best results from medications prescribed by your veterinarian.

  • Does your pet have difficulty swallowing medication?
  • Does your pet hate the taste of its medication?
  • Do you have an exotic pet that may need special medication?

Force feeding bad-tasting medications to animals often results in stress and severe mistrust of the owner by the pet, as well as feelings of guilt and frustration by the owner. That is why at R DRUGS ETC, our pharmacist will provide medications in animal friendly flavors or in alternative dosage forms such as transdermal (ie skin) preparations to make it easier for you to administer your pet's medications when they need them.

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