At Matlock Pharmacy, we make special compounds just for you. No two patients are alike. The mass marketed product sometimes may not serve your needs. We work with your physician to find the right solution for you. Our pharmacy is a member of the Professional Compounding Centers of America. Our pharmacists and technician have undergone rigorous training for compounding.
What is compounding?
Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. Its practice dates back to the origin of Pharmacy although the presence of compounding in the pharmacy profession has changed over the years. In the 1930’s and 1940’s, the majority of prescriptions were compounded. With the advent of mass drug manufacturing in the 1950’s and 60’s, compounding has declined as the pharmacist’s role as a preparer of medications quickly changed to that of a dispenser of manufactured dosage forms. However, this “one-size-fits-all” approach to medication meant that some patient’s needs were not being met.
Within the last few decades, however, compounding has experienced a renaissance as modern technology and innovative techniques and research have allowed more pharmacists to customize medications to meet a patient’s unique needs.
How does compounding benefit me?
The primary reason is to avoid patient non-compliance, which means that patient is either unwilling or unable to use the medication as directed. Many patients are allergic to preservatives or dyes, or require a dosage that is different from the standard drug strengths. With a practitioner’s consent, a compounding pharmacist can adjust the strength of a medication, add flavor to make it more palatable, or alter its form to make it easier for the patient to ingest. Pharmacists also can prepare medications using unique delivery systems. For those patients who find it difficult to swallow a capsule, a compounding pharmacist can prepare the drug as a flavored liquid suspension instead. Other dosage forms include topical gels or creams that can be absorbed through the skin, suppositories, sub-lingual troches or lozenges, or even lollipops.
Our Compounding Products include:
- HCG: creams, oral drops, nasal spray, and injection
- Pain Management: creams and gels for inflammation, arthritis, chronic pain. Adjuncts to oral pain management.
- Infants and Pediatric formulations: easier to swallow formulations, unavailability of certain drugs in pediatric forms, flavoring