A compound pharmacy is not the common type of high street pharmacy we are generally familiar with, in modern society. Before the mass production of pharmaceutical drugs, by large drug companies and where pretty much the standard type of pharmacist, and the typical high street pharmacist would operate a pharmacy. The tools, the facilities, and to a certain extent, the knowledge necessary for a pharmacist to operate are now lacking from the average high street. This is simply down to the lack of demand, due to the wide variety of mass produced medicines, thus eliminating the necessity for the on site mixing of drugs, which is the difference between standard pharmacies. There is however still some demand and some need for these services so they do still exist.
The main reason for a compound pharmacy, in the 21st century, is the mixing of medical drugs, to eliminate certain, non-essential ingredients, which the patient may be allergic to. Other reasons for compounding pharmacies, may include, changing tablet form medicines into liquid form, for various needs of the patient. It may also be necessary to go if you as the patient have to have very specific doses of a particular drug.
A patient may also choose to use the services for more voluntary reasons. These reasons may down to simple things like flavorings, or having an aversion to swallowing large tablets. A matter of choice rather than necessity, and it is probably this preference, which accounts for a large percentage of the business compounding pharmacies receive today. In the years before large drug companies, mass produced medicines, there was a lack of variety available in pre packaged form, this was the normal pharmacy.
Almost ever pharmacist has the basic ingredients needed to be mixed on site, as per the client’s medical needs. This made it more complex place to work, needing the tools and knowledge to mix the correct ingredients. That does not mean that pharmacists today, that do not operate are not competent, far from it. There is still a lot of studying to do, and many tests to pass, to become a pharmacist, even if they do not choose to go on and own, operate, work for compounding pharmacies. Even though there is limited demand by comparison, to the past, there is still need, and it is safe to say, there will always be demand for a compound pharmacy, as long as humans still get ill.
There will always be demand, because there are always exceptions to the norm. Infants suffering from diseases most common in adults, that require exceptionally small doses will need the skills and services that these kinds of pharmacies provide. Patients that can not absorb or absorb medicines at abnormal rates, will require these services too. Veterinary surgeons will often need to mix drugs in a different medium for certain animals. The list goes on, so you can see, the compound pharmacy will never disappear. The compounding pharmacies we have provide a needed service and come under stricter regulations than normal pharmacies. The reasons are fairly obvious. The act of mixing the drugs is an important process, and the wrong dosage could be potential fatal, in the worst case scenario. Do not worry though, these regulations are complied to well and willingly. The standard of medical practice in compounding pharmacies is very high.
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