There is a growing popularity of compounding pharmacies that's making regular pharmacies shake at the knees. It's not surprising at all at this sudden surge in popularity because even from an outsider's perspective, it's pretty apparent that this unconventional pharmacy has numerous advantages over regular ones. Sure, there is still a solid market for regular pharmaceutical distribution methods, but a whole new world has opened up because of compounding pharmacies. Here are some of the most compelling reasons why so many patients are switching over to them:
They are obligated to make their production as immaculately clean as possible.
Compounding pharmacies have special requirements by the legal system to extend an extra effort in keeping their workplace sterile, especially in their mixing area. On the other hand, you need to know that compounding pharmacies are pressed by this responsibility because they want to prove to big drug manufacturers and to the consumers that they are able to provide reliable services. Interestingly, they are more than happy to oblige because they want to establish a good image.
Compounding pharmacies know their patients well.
Part of the business model of these pharmacies is to identify their patients, particularly their medical needs. This helps them create medicines that are absent of any allergens that some patients may have. It goes without saying that large pharmaceutical companies are unlikely to yield to requests from a small group of people to make a version of a certain medicine sans the allergen, something that compounding pharmacies are more than happy to do for patients.
Alternative forms of medicines can be produced.
It's a given that some patients have a hard time swallowing medicine in the form of pills and capsules. It may be due to gag reflex or simply a psychological problem, but it is nonetheless a problem. To address this, patients usually crush the pill to make it easy to swallow. Unfortunately, this is not an advisable solution for capsules, which are placed inside dissolvable membranes for good reason. Compounding pharmacies can provide a simple solution and provide a liquid form of the medication. In addition to this, they can also add flavoring to mask the bitter taste of the medicine. Especially since the bitter taste is usually magnified if in liquid form.
There's no stopping for established conventional pharmacies to adapt compounding and offer it as their service. But they have to understand that there are plenty of responsibilities they have to observe once they take that big step.Continue reading »