Pharmacy compounding is the art of science of preparing personalized medicine for patients. Compounded medications are made based on the practitioners prescription in which individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient. This method allows the compounding pharmacists to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs.
All prescriptions will be compounded in PeopleFirst Pharmacy's state-of-the-art, non-sterile facility, located in the Dallas area of Texas. PeopleFirst's facility exceeds all United States Pharmacopeia 795 federal mandates and is fully equipped with the finest lab equipment on the market. All of our formulations are compounded using chemicals from GMP certified FDA regulated facilities and the completed products are sent to a third party independent company for quality testing. We have a certificate of analysis on file for every chemical that enters our facility.
Did You Know?
When pharmacies and apothecaries first started, nearly all medications were compounded. With the advent of mass drug manufacturing in the 1950s and 1960s, compounding started to decline more and more. The pharmacist’s role as a creator of medications quickly changed to that of a "pill counter" of manufactured dosage forms, and most pharmacists were longer trained to compound medications. However, the “one-size-fits-all” nature of many mass-produced medications meant that some patients’ needs were not being met. Compounding pharmacies across the world still exist today and are a necessity in healthcare.
Some examples of general compounding services that we offer include:
- When a child needs a dose smaller than the manufactured dose
- When a patient cannot tolerate a dye, preservative. or has an allergy in a manufactured medicine
- When a medication has been discontinued for economic reasons
- When a route of administration needs to be altered due to nausea or some other ailment
- When a patient needs a stronger dose of medication than is commercially available
- When a pet won't take their medication no matter how you try to give it
- There are plenty of instances where compounded medications are not only the optimal way to go for drug therapy but the necessary way to go.
Compounding enables doctors and pharmacists to meet the special needs of every individual patient. One of its most important benefits is to those patients who have difficulties with commercially available medication. With the doctor's permission, pharmacists can personalized medications in a variety of unique dosage forms, such as:
- Creams, Gels & Ointments
- Solutions & Suspensions
- Lollipops, Gummies, Mini Troches & Troches (Lozenges)
- Effervescent Powders for Liquids
- Suppositories & Rectal Rockets
- Lip Balms & Medication Sticks
Compounded prescriptions represent the future of personalized medicine. In the practice of compounding, the pharmacist, as directed by the physician, customizes medications for individual patients by mixing raw ingredients. At PeopleFirst Pharmacy, we are able to customize the strengths, as well as, dosage forms of a medication. This makes it easier for a patient to take their medication and thus improves adherence.