Hospice and Palliative Compounding


In preparing medications for Hospice patients, compounding pharmacists seek to respect the dignity and individuality of each patient and meet each patients’ individual needs in pain and symptom management for end-of-life care. The primary goal of treatments in this area is to keep patients comfortable. Compounded preparations can be used to treat a variety of underlying conditions related to hospice and palliative care.

How can compounds help?

Patients in hospice care often have difficulty in swallowing. Therefore, other routes of administration must be used. Other formulations that can prepared may include skin, rectal, and sublingual preparations. Compounding pharmacists can prepare medications to treat a variety of issues such as pain, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, constipation, oral thrush, and secretory issues. Talk to your pharmacy staff today for more information regarding medications for all these ailments.

Reviewed: July 23, 2014
Source: RxWiki
Managing Editor: Anyssa Garza, PharmD