Ben Franklin once said that compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world, I am not sure if pharmaceutical compounding quite lives up to the magic of compound interest, but it is some magic you can use to get your patients the medicine they need in the form that best works for them. […]
Ben Franklin once said that compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world, I am not sure if pharmaceutical compounding quite lives up to the magic of compound interest, but it is some magic you can use to get your patients the medicine they need in the form that best works for them.
It used to be every doctor compounded. If you watched the Knick with Clive Owen these past few years, I am sure you have seen where medicine has come from since then, and honestly, it is a good thing it has. The mass production of medicine has got medication into the client’s hands wherever it is needed, and we rarely deal with scarcity in product any more. The downside of that though is that with mass packaging and increased regulations, the compound industry has became a specialty niche, and sometime the advantages for the patients in compound are dismissed and not brought up. For some patients though I contend that compounding is the right choice.
The advantages of compounding for clients are many. One of the first and obvious ones is taste. Getting a child to take their medication is already a chore. Think how much the mother and father will appreciate it if you give the option of getting their child’s medication put into a chewy gumdrop form, plus you get a patient who 15 years from now might remember you as the cool pharmacist who prescribed him gummies as a kid, so a future client. Even some of your older patients might prefer a water soluble medication to a standard pill. It makes it easier for the clients to comply when you remove the barrier that sometimes taking medication isn’t fun, and the aftertaste is often a little bitter.
Another option that is popular in compounding, and really helpful for the clients in certain medications, is actually turning the medication into a cream. With some conditions this is the best way to go. In women’s health it can really help with Hormone replacement therapy, and in men’s health it can help with fungal infections or testosterone treatment. People are already going to be a little bit uncomfortable in these conversations with you, so if provide them with solutions to these problems, you can help relieve a little of their stress, and get them a medication that is a good fit.
Pain medications are also another good place to look at the advantages of compounding. These medications are usually very tough on the GI tract, and by using compounding you may be able to alleviate some of the pressure there. Look at shifting someone on chronic pain management into getting there dozing in a nasal spray, topical gel, or dissolvable tablet they simply slip under the tongue. It can help minimize some of the possible side effects that are common in chronic pain management.
Currently the advantages that compounding can bring to the table in the industry are not being fully looked at.
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