The Need for Compounded Medications

Compounding is the art and the science of preparing tailor made medications based on an individual health practitioners exact orders for a patient. While compounding at one point in time was the norm in pharmacies, it has long since become a “lost art”, with many pharmacies lacking the knowledge and training needed in order to prepare compounded medications. Additionally, many pharmacies simply lack the time necessary to prepare compounded medications, which require time and strict attention in order to ensure they are prepared properly. In recent years, there has been a resurgence in the art of compounding as research continues to reveal that when it comes to medicine, “One Size Fits All” is hardly beneficial!

Compounded medications fill an important need in health care, in that they are able to fill unique gaps in pharmaceutical care that are otherwise unmet by commercially available medications. For example, many patients suffer with chronic pain, and rely on oral pain medications in order to perform their normal daily functions. Often times these medications can cause unwanted and sometimes serious side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness,  and drowsiness. Many medications for pain also carry the unwanted risk of addiction and tolerance. Through the power of compounding, our clinical compounding pharmacists are able to formulate topical solutions for pain management that can reduce the risk of systemic side effects, while nearly eliminating the risk of addiction and tolerance.

For some patients, there are simply no commercially available drugs that meet their healthcare needs. This may be because they suffer from a condition that is relatively rare, or they require a medication that a commercial drug manufacturer has deemed too costly for them to patent and produce. Some examples of these would include low dose naltrexone (LDN), transdermal metformin, and gluten free and dye free formulations. In these instances, compounding pharmacies, using active ingredients from FDA registered, cGMP manufacturers, are able to formulate compounded medications to a patients’ exact needs. This personalized approach is what drives everything that we do at Trinova Health, and ensures that you receive nothing less than the utmost in customized care. Feel free to contact us at any time, and one of our clinical compounding pharmacist’s will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

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