Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Replacement Custom Compounding
Pediatric Custom Compounding
Hospice Custom Compounding
Sports Medicine Compounding
Veterinarian Compounding
Skin rejuvenation
Vitamins and Supplements
Pain Management
Weight Management
Nutraceutical Prescriptions
Dental Compounds


What is Compounding?

Compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. Its practice dates back to the origins of pharmacy. With the advent of drug manufacturing in the 1950’s and 60’s compounding rapidly declined and almost disappeared. The pharmacist role as a preparer of medications quickly changed to that of a dispenser of manufactured dosage forms. Within the last two decades compounding has experienced resurgence as modern technology and research have allowed more pharmacists to customize medications to meet very specific needs not met by major manufacturers. Today, an estimated one percent of all prescriptions are compounded daily by pharmacists working closely with physicians and their patients.Many patients today have special needs that are not handled by the limited doses and delivery forms offered by commercial drug manufacturing. Patients may be allergic to preservatives or dyes, or are sensitive to standard drug strengths. With a physicians order, compounding pharmacists can change the strength of a medication, alter its form to make it easier to ingest or add flavor to make it more palatable. Pharmacists can also prepare the medication using several unique delivery systems, such as sublingual, rapid dissolve tablets or transdermal creams.

What Kind of Prescriptions can be compounded?

Almost any kind of prescription can be compounded so long as it is not under patent by a pharmaceutical company. For many patients requiring unique dosages and/or delivery devices which can take the form of solutions, suppositories, sprays, rinses or lollipops these alternatives often save lives. Compounded applications include: hormone replacement, veterinary, hospice, pediatric, ophthalmic, dental and dermatology, chronic pain management, sports medicine, infertility, wound therapy and so much more.

Insurance

Because compounded medications are exempt by law from requiring National Drug Code ID numbers (NDC) many insurance companies will not reimburse without that number. However almost every insurance plan allows for the patient to be reimbursed by sending in claims forms. While you may be paying a pharmacy directly for a compounded prescription, most insurance plans should cover the final cost.

Is Compounding Expensive?

Compounding may or may not cost more than conventional medications. Frequently, prescription co-pays cost more than paying cash for a prescription medication. Often a 3 month supply of a compounded product is only slightly higher or the same as a single product monthly co-pay. Check with your insurance company and compare with our cash pricing, you might be surprised at what you’ll find.

Is Compounding Legal?

Compounding has been part of healthcare since the origins of pharmacy and is used widely today in all areas of the industry from hospitals to nuclear medicine. Over the last decade, compounding resurgence has largely benefited from advances in technology, quality control and research methodology. 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. Compounding is also regulated by the state boards of pharmacy.

Flavors for People

A prime advantage of compounding is the ability to customize medication. What’s the easiest way to customize? Flavor! Compounding pharmacists have access to many flavors and flavor combinations which can enhance the taste and color of a medication to make it easier to swallow or dissolve. Take for example our Progesterone Triturates, one of our signature compounded items is a vanilla orange butternut flavor that helps to hide the bitterness of the progesterone.

A child who has difficulty taking a prescription because of the taste is a prime candidate. Kids, for sure won’t mind taking medication that tastes like bubblegum, watermelon, or even chocolate. Working closely with a physician, our compounding pharmacists can even change the dosage form. For example if a child’s medicine came in the form of a lollipop, gummy bear or even frozen popsicle wouldn’t they be more likely to take it?

Many adults also benefit from flavored medication. As people age or battle chronic illness, taste preferences can change. Often sweet flavors no longer taste good and bitter flavors may cause nausea. In these instances, compounding pharmacists can alter or mask certain flavors to make the medicine more palatable – without of course changing the medicine itself.

Compounding specializations

Pain and Sports Medicine Custom Compounding

Athletes of all ages suffer from sports-related injuries and frequently seek relief from health practitioners. Athletic and personal trainers, sports medicine physicians, physical therapists and the like seek out compounding pharmacies to help their clients heal faster, rehabilitate more efficiently and control pain while they heal. We offer a wide variety of NSAIDS therapies, ointments and rubs, transdermal therapies and specialty gels for both iontophoresis and phonophoresis.

 

Veterinary Compounding

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Dental Compounds

We specialize in creating custom tailored dental compounds for dental professionals and their patients. Visit us at www.dentalcompounds.com for more information!

 

Hospice Custom Compounding

Geriatric patients may need extremely small doses, cancer patients may require specific combinations of chemotherapy drugs to treat their disease, and special dosage forms may be necessary to care for patients with AIDS, chronic pain or other serious maladies. Some therapies, such as parenteral nutrition, can only be provided to patients using compounded dosage forms. Others may need preservative-free products, liquids with special flavors or delivery systems that are not commercially available. We’ll work with you and your patients to ensure they are as comfortab

 

What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Customized Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is the replacement of deficient hormones with hormones that are chemically identical to those that the body naturally produces, but which have declined due to aging or illness.
Customized HRT has improved the quality of life for millions of women who suffer from hormonal imbalance. The ideal process for achieving hormonal balance includes an assessment of hormone levels and complete evaluation of signs and symptoms, followed by replacement of the deficient hormones in the most appropriate dose via the most effective route for each individual, and monitoring to fine tune the therapy.
Estrogen is prescribed to relieve menopausal symptoms and treat postmenopausal problems such as vaginal dryness and tissue breakdown, painful intercourse, and various urinary disorders. Estrogens have been shown to decrease the risks of osteoporosis and colorectal cancer.
Progesterone is commonly prescribed for perimenopausal women to counteract “estrogen dominance”, minimizes the risk of endometrial cancer in women who are receiving estrogen, and may enhance the beneficial effect of estrogen on lipid and cholesterol profiles.
Published research has shown that the risk of breast cancer is increased by long-term use of conjugated equine estrogens, which are the most commonly prescribed form of commercially available estrogen, and the risk is further increased when the synthetic progestin medroxyprogesterone acetate is added. Conjugated estrogens are derived from pregnant mares’ urine, but most estrogens from horses are NOT naturally produced by humans. Additionally, synthetic medroxyprogesterone acetate does not confer all of the benefits of natural progesterone. That is why we recommend the use of natural estrogen and progesterone.

Androgens are a class of hormones that include DHEA and testosterone, which are normally produced in a young healthy woman, and are important for libido as well as integrity of skin, bone, and muscle. When women enter menopause, testosterone and DHEA levels may decline. Experts now recognize the importance of supplementing androgens for women who are deficient.
While women have benefited from therapy with estrogens, progesterone, and androgens that are “chemically identical” to the hormones produced naturally by the human body, researchers and health care professionals realize that this is just the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to achieving hormonal balance. Thyroid and adrenal function, as well as nutritional status, should also be evaluated and treated when indicated.

 

Nutritional Supplements

We carry wide selection of pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements and nutritional prescriptions.