Compounding is the science and art of preparing patient-specific drugs not commercially available. Our goal in compounding is to meet our patient needs by offering different routes of administration, improving taste, and overall compliance. Compounding began as an integral component of the pharmacy practice. Nowadays, physicians and pharmacists work together to enable patients to receive their own custom made medications prepared specifically according to their body needs.
Folsom Medical Pharmacy offers patients and their doctors the choice of custom-compounded and conventional medication – taking the time and trouble to establish what is the best medication regime for the patient.
Compounded Medicines are a Vital Part of Quality Medical Care
A growing number of people have unique health needs that off-the-shelf prescription medicines cannot fulfill. For these patients, customized medications prescribed by licensed physicians, veterinarians, and other practitioners, are then mixed safely by trained pharmacists. Our compounding pharmacist at Folsom Medical Pharmacy, Dr. R. Moises Perez, Pharm.D. is a pharmacy graduate from the University of California, San Francisco. With over five years of pharmacy compounding experience, he obtained further compounding training and ACPE accreditation from, Gallipot “The Art of Compounding”.
The basis of the profession of pharmacy has always been the “triad,” the patient-physician-pharmacist relationship. Through this relationship, patient needs are determined by a physician, who chooses a treatment regimen that may include a compounded medication. Physicians commonly prescribe compounded medications in the following situations:
- When needed medications are discontinued by or generally unavailable from pharmaceutical companies, often because the medications are no longer profitable to manufacture;
- When the patient is allergic to certain preservatives, dyes or binders in available off-the shelf medications;
- When treatment requires tailored dosage strengths for patients with unique needs (for example, an infant);
- When a pharmacist can combine several medications the patient is taking to increase compliance;
- When the patient cannot ingest the medication in its commercially available form and a pharmacist can prepare the medication in cream, liquid or other form that the patient can easily take; and
- When medications require flavor additives to make them more palatable for some patients, most often children
Medications Compounded at Folsom Medical Pharmacy:
- Dermatological formulations
- Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement
- Dental preparations and more
Feel free to have a chat with your pharmacist – we are always happy to help!