Custom Drug Compounding
Grant County Drugs’ Dry Ridge location includes a state-of-the-art custom compounding (pharmacy) lab to serve patients who don’t respond to normal dosages or other traditional methods of treatment.
Melissa Vice, Pharm.D., our director of compounding services, comes trained by PCCA’s (Professional Compounding Centers of America), the industry leader in supporting independent pharmacies and their dispensing of the highest quality medications.
The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
What Is Prescription Compounding?
Prescription compounding improves a patient’s quality of life by making medicine in a dosage form he or she can take more easily. It also allows specially trained pharmacists to “custom make” medications for an individual patient (people and pets), based on that patient’s unique needs and symptoms.
A compounding pharmacist uses raw chemicals, powders, liquids and special equipment to make medications. This results in a customized medication made by a pharmacist, according to a doctor’s directions, to meet an individual patient need.
Compounding is fundamental to the profession of pharmacy, and pharmacists are the only health care professionals who can prepare customized alternate dosage forms.
Why Have A Prescription Compounded?
Here are common reasons you might want prescriptions compounded for yourself, a loved one or even your pets:
- Allergies to preservatives/dyes (lactose, alcohol, sugar) in manufactured medications
- An inability to take a medication in its current form. For example, if a patient had
difficulty swallowing a capsule, a compounding pharmacist might be able to formulate
the medicine into an oral solution or transdermal gel (medicine that goes through the skin
into the bloodstream.
- The medication that is needed to treat their condition is not commercially available
- The medication that is available to treat their condition cannot be tolerated at its current
strength, or in its current dose form
- The medication that is available to treat their condition is not effective for them
How Do I Start?
Talk to your pharmacist, physician, licensed prescriber or veterinarian to find out if a compounded prescription is appropriate for you.