What is Compounding?
Compounding is the practice of customizing or creating medications that meet the unique needs of both human patients and their furry companions. Our pharmacy specializes in compounding medications for humans and animals alike, ensuring that everyone receives the care they deserve.
Compounding is particularly beneficial when commercially manufactured products do not fit the specific needs of a patient, or when they are simply not available. For instance, certain medications may not be available in small enough doses for a child or a small animal, or they may not be in a form that they can easily tolerate. In such cases, compounding allows us to create personalized medications in alternative dosage forms, such as flavored liquids, transdermal gels, or even treats, to make administration easier and more enjoyable for both humans and animals.
Common dosing forms include:
Compounding allows for the introduction of more palatable scents and flavors (our canine patients adore liver flavor). It allows us to create formulas free of dyes and other potential allergens. Compounding enables practitioners to prescribe medications that are in short supply or no longer commercially available as well as those not available in the needed dose. Compounding creates a three way partnership between the prescriber, patient and the pharmacist to ensure that patients receive the best possible solutions to difficult medication problems.
Custom Rx pharmacists have over 20 years of compounding experience
and are committed to quality compounding
USP (US Pharmacopeia) is an independent, scientific nonprofit organization that develops and disseminates quality standards for medicines. Custom Rx Pharmacy practices strict adherence to USP General Chapter <795> which provides standards for compounding quality nonsterile preparations. These quality standards help ensure patient benefit and reduce risks such as contamination, infection, and incorrect dosing. When USP General Chapter <800> was updated in 2019, Custom Rx Pharmacy built a second compounding lab to ensure we were properly adhering to USP standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs. We are committed to minimizing the risk of exposure to our personnel, patients, and the environment.