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 is
discontinued or unavailable from a pharmaceutical manufacturer.
is allergic to certain preservatives, dyes, or binders in commercially
requires a prescription medication in a specific unavailable dosage
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.
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.