What Works for 95% of the Population, May Not Work for You!
“One size fits all” drugs do the job for most patients. But what about patients who suffer from dye and/or filler allergies? Or those who could benefit best from a drug that is no longer available on the market? Some cannot orally take medication and need a specific drug in a topical ointment to find the same relief. Maybe mass-manufactured drugs are not the answer; and it’s time to look into personalized, custom blending medication to put both you and your doctor at ease.
If you feel you’re at your wits end, talk to your doctor about compounding medication. Lakeview Pharmacy works with physicians to help their patients find a convenient treatment to fit their unique needs. Our compounding pharmacists work hard to remain ahead of new regulations and carefully control what goes into each medication to best benefit each individual patient.
How to Get Compounded Drugs
It is a violation of Federal laws to dispense prescription drugs – including compounded medication, without a valid doctor’s prescription. Be sure to obtain a valid prescription from your doctor before your visit to the pharmacy. Each compounded medication takes vigilant care and requires time to formulate to ensure it meets each of your specific needs. Depending on the complexity, compounded medications normally take between 24 and 72 hours to complete.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Pharmacy Compounding?
Pharmacy compounding is the customized preparation of a medication to meet unique physician and patient needs. There are many reasons why patients might benefit from custom compounded medication. A growing number of people and animals have unique health needs that off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all prescription medications cannot meet. For them, customized compounded medication is beneficial.
Who Might Benefit from Compounding?
- Patients with specific dyes and/or filler allergies
- Those who experience unpleasant side-effects from certain traditional medications
- Patients who best benefit from a drug no longer on the market
- Elderly in hospice where a topical application is a more comfortable delivery for pain medicine
- Anyone who needs to alter administration of their drug (i.e., suppository, topical ointment, capsule)
- Patients who have trouble remaining compliant due to unpleasant flavors from certain medication
Who are Compounding Pharmacists?
Pharmacy compounding is a centuries-old, well-regulated and common practice. Compounding has evolved into a specialty practice within the pharmacy community today. New applications to meet today’s patients needs require additional education, equipment and processes that not all pharmacies possess. We partner with quality organizations, such as PCCA and IACP, which help us stay up to date with the most current trends in compounding.
How are Compounding Pharmacies and Pharmacists Regulated?
State boards of pharmacy, state medical boards, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the Drug Enforcement Agency and other federal and state agencies each have some degree of oversight over pharmacy compounding practice. The U.S. Pharmacopeia and the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board also play critical roles. Together, they have constructed a web of regulations and standards that protect patients.
Common Diseases We Compound For
Meniere’s Disease is a disorder that causes unwanted fluid build-up in the inner ear. This fluid applies immense pressure onto vital organs that regulate our balance and hearing; causing episodes of “feeling of spinning”, ringing in the ears and hearing loss.
Many of our patients with Meniere’s find relief through medication. Treatment helps ease and prevent symptoms including loss of balance from vertigo, ringing in the ears, aural fullness (feeling that the ear is plugged), headaches, and nausea.
Even though we all wish we could withstand pain like a superhero, we all have our own tolerance levels and experience pain differently. This is why managing pain is especially challenging, as what works for one person may not work or be convenient for another. At Lakeview Pharmacy, we work with doctors to devise an adjustable, convenient approach to meeting the changing needs of each patient.
A common side effect of taking oral pain medication is gastrointestinal discomfort. Let our compounding pharmacy work with your doctor to make an alternative pain reliever cream that is applied to the area of discomfort. This topical pain reliever causes no uncomfortable gastrointestinal side effects. In addition, some pain medications are no longer available by the manufacturer. We work with doctors to compound similar medicine so patients can continue taking the medications that work best for them.
Depression and self-image insecurities are common challenges that patients with skin disorders face. Lakeview Pharmacy collaborates with physicians to formulate a wide variety of skin treatments to help patients with skin disorders look and feel more confident.
In our compounding lab, we can mix creams and ointments or add new medications together to formulate the best treatment for specific skin conditions. With compounding, patients can choose routes of administration, unique potency, and pharmaceutical combinations to fit their individual needs.
We have a customized Scar Therapy that is excellent for new and old scars, burns, surgical scars, stretch marks, and acne scars. It is a PCCA exclusive product powered by PracaSil – Plus Scar Treatment. We will work with your dermatologist to prepare skin treatments designed specifically for you to improve compliance and well-being.