Health & Healing

6160 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77057

Tel: (713)893-5993
Fax: (713)784-2870



Amber Jar


Your health & healing partner. 


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    AJP is able to process and fill certain compounded orders and our formulary is continually expanding. We go the extra mile by customizing your medicine. If we are unable to compound a specific prescription, we have partnered with another facility that would be able to meet your unique needs.

    What is compounding? 

    Compounding is the art and science of customized medication prepared by a pharmacist, according to a doctor's or veterinarian's specifications, to a meet a patient's unique needs. In every field of medicine, there are some patients who don’t respond to traditional methods of treatment. Sometimes they need medicine at strengths that are not manufactured by drug companies, or perhaps they simply need a different method of administering a medication. Pharmacy compounding meets these needs. It provides a way for physicians and compounding pharmacists to customize an individualized prescription for the specific need of their patient. Compounding provides solutions which are not met by commercial products. Please inform your compounding pharmacist of any restrictions you may have, such as food and drug allergies, or medical conditions.

    Prescription compounding is a rapidly growing component of many physicians’ practices. But in today’s world of aggressive marketing by drug manufacturers, some may not realize the extent of compounding’s resurgence in recent years. Ask your physician about compounding. The Food and Drug Administration has stated that compounded prescriptions are both ethical and legal as long as they are prescribed by a licensed practitioner for a specific patient and compounded by a licensed pharmacy. In addition, compounding is regulated by state boards of pharmacy

    What Kinds of Medicines Can Be Compounded?
    Almost any kind. Compounded prescriptions are ideal for any patient requiring unique dosages and/or delivery devices, which can take the form of solutions, suppositories, sprays, oral rinses, lollipops and even as topical creams and gels. Compounding applications can include: Veterinary, Pediatric, Dental, Otic (for the ear), Dermatology, Medication Flavoring, Chronic Pain Management, Neuropathies, Sports Medicine, Infertility, Wound Therapy, Podiatry and Gastroenterology.

    When is Compounding Needed?                                                                                                                       There are several situations when a pharmacist is needed to customize a prescription medication, including:

    - Medication is discontinued or unavailable from a pharmaceutical  manufacturer.

    - Patient is allergic to certain preservatives, dyes, or binders in commercially    available medications.

    - Patient requires a prescription medication in a specific unavailable dosage   strength.

    - Patient is unable to ingest the medication, and requires a cream, gel,      liquid, lozenge, lollipop, popsicle, troche, chewy treat, lip balm or other  dosage form that they can easily take.

    Medication requires customized flavoring to make it more palatable for the patient.

    Veterinary Compounding for Pets

    At AJP we work together with veterinarians and pet owners to solve medication problems.  Anyone who has ever given their pet a medication knows just how difficult that can be.  We can compound customized medicines that meet the unique needs of each animal. Our goal at AJP is to work with the veterinarian to enhance their ability to treat their animals patients in a more effective and efficient manner.  We are able to achieve this goal by offering innovative dosage forms that are patient specific in strength and formulation.

    Advantages of Transdermal Dosage Forms:

    - Various alternative dosage forms permit medication to be absorbed by    non-oral routes to meet your pet's specific needs. The term "transdermal"  dosage form refers to incorporating the medicine in a cream, gel, or  solution that is formulated to penetrate the animal's skin and deliver an  appropriate level of medicine in the bloodstream.  Although the parenteral  and rectal routes are traditional alternatives to oral administration,  transdermal absorption offers many advantages. For example:

    - It's quick and easy, and many medications are compatible with  transdermal bases.

    - Transdermal delivery is particularly useful for animals that should not be  stressed due to cardiovascular or hypertensive illness.

    - When medication is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, without first  entering the gastrointestinal system, a smaller amount of active ingredient  may be required for therapeutic effect.
    - Direct application and absorption at the target site can mean higher tissue  levels and blood levels of various medications.  As a result, side effects  such as gastrointestinal irritation may be avoided or minimized.

    And perhaps the most important, it is appreciated by owners who no longer  have to deal with an animal that resists being medicated via the oral or  other less convenient route.