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Compounding: Advantages and Applications

Before there were prescriptions and manufactured drugs, doctors and pharmacists made the medications their patients needed. With a history that dates back to 1882, Whit and Joe Moose recall stories of customers asking for doses of castor oil or ammonia and coca-cola to treat ailments. Moose has taken care of many families for generations. Third and fourth generation family members still ask if they can get cough syrups and other medications that were made for their grandparents or great-grandparents.

Today, compounded medications are available only with a doctor's prescription. Compounding provides a highly personal level of care by creating medicines and means of treatment that are made specifically for each patient. With a doctor's prescription, Moose Pharmacy’s trained and licensed compounding pharmacists regularly produce natural hormone replacements, pain medications, veterinary medicines, and alternative methods of taking medicines. The Moose family maintains the long-standing pharmaceutical tradition of compounding for one reason- their commitment to their patients' health and well-being.

When medications are discontinued by manufacturers, compounding allows patients to continue a treatment regimen without interruption. If a patient requires a different means by which to take a medication, a prescription for a compounded alternative makes that possible. Moose Pharmacy regularly produces alternative ways to take medications like lollipops, dissolvable tablets, creams, gels, syrups, suspension, lotions, and suppositories.

Some patients are allergic to ingredients in manufactured drugs and need the same medication in a different formula. Sometimes a medication isn’t manufactured, and the only solution is to use compounding. Compounding gives doctors the option of combining medications. For patients who take multiple medicines, this can increase the likelihood of benefiting from the full course of a prescribed treatment.

Adding flavors makes medications palatable for children. There are times when dosages need to be adjusted to suit a patient. This is very common with young children and infants. Tailored doses and flavored medicines have another application in the treatment of animals.

Medicines for animals are limited. Veterinarians depend on compounding to provide the level of care their patients need. For pets, the means of delivery and flavor are crucial to the ability to treat them. Compounding allows veterinarians to work with pharmacists to develop the right treatment that can be delivered as a treat, a topical cream, or via another method that pets will take.

Moose Pharmacy is a member of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. For more information about compounding, visit http://www.iaccprx.org.

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