You’re unique, so your medication should be as well. Compounding allows patients to make adjustments to prescriptions in a way that can make prescribed treatments work better for them.
Apothicare has experienced, fully-trained pharmacists and technicians that work with you to make sure your prescriptions are as effective as possible.
Compounding pharmacies only issue medications that are obtained through a prescription from a doctor or medical professional – a safe and reliable way to obtain customized medications. Compounding allows for customization and ease in taking your medications to lead the lifestyle you deserve.
As previously mentioned, compounding allows for customized ingredients based on allergies or intolerance, adjusting strength or dosages, adding or changing flavors for humans or animals, and changing the form of medication from a liquid to solid or vice versa.
Pharmaceutical compounding is performed by a pharmacist licensed by a state board of pharmacy, while drug manufacturing is the mass production of drug products that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States. Additionally, regular pharmacies provide commercial medications in standard dosages while compounding pharmacies customize these dosages based on patient needs. Compounding pharmacies break the ‘one size fits all’ mentality of regular pharmacies and drug manufacturing companies.
Use for animals is extremely important in veterinary medicine and is permitted by the FDA so long as the active ingredient is also an FDA approved drug. Compounding medication can change the flavor or dosage and make it easier to administer.
Strength of medication and flavor allow for the comfort level of different patients to be met. Pain tolerance is an important factor to be addressed when compounding, particularly when working close to teeth, bones, and on a part of the body that is used everyday for communication and other functions.
Skin types of sensitivities are different for everyone. Your medication will need to be as unique as your skin.
Medications are to be customized based on an individual’s immune system. Like your immune system, medication will need to be as compatible as possible to appropriately care for your overall health.
The traditional role of a compounding pharmacy is to manufacture drugs prescribed by doctors for specific patients whose needs are not being met with relief by commercial medications.
Compounding allows for patients to make adjustments to prescriptions in a way that can make prescribed treatments work better for them. For example, a young child may need a small liquid dosage of a prescription generally made as a tablet for adults. Compounding may also allow for ingredients of a prescription to be removed or replaced given a patient’s allergies.
A compounding pharmacy employs pharmacists who synthesize drugs into specially formed medications for patients whose traditional commercial prescriptions are not meeting their needs. Pharmacists may put drugs into specially flavored liquids, topical creams and gels, or adjust dosage forms for liquids and tablets when needed. Compounding pharmacists only tailor to a patient’s specific needs and do not construct copies of commercial medicine as this is not allowed by law.
Compounding is done in a pharmacy which has made the investment and training to do so safely and efficiently. Pharmacies have compounding tools such as a mortar and pestle for grinding materials, cylinders for measuring, balances for weighing materials, spatulas for mixing, and more. Compounding medications must be requested as it is unique to each patient.
The types of drugs which can be compounded include but are not limited to the following:
Prescription medications can be compounded and dispensed to patients only upon receipt of a valid patient-specific prescription. Like all other medication, pricing varies on need, insurance, and policies. Please note, Apothicare 360 offers a discount drug program.
The patient has allergies to preservatives, dyes, binders or additives.
Treatment requires specific dosage strengths to meet individual goals of therapy.
Combining several medications together to make it easier to take or apply.
Oral or parenteral forms are not tolerable; topical forms such as creams, ointments or gels can be formulated.
Adding flavors to make medications taste better.
For the veterinarian community, which requires specific dosage regimens and flavors.
Apothicare 360 is a specialty compounding pharmacy based in Fort Myers, Florida. Licensed in the state of Florida among other states, our goal is to provide solutions for the unique needs of patients who have not found relief with commercial medications. We soon hope to be licensed in all 50 states. Check our list to see if we’re licensed in your state!