Apothecare Compounding Solutions
and Specialty Pharmacy
Our Apothecare - Compounding Division focuses on providing innovative patient care, with the compounding pharmacist's ultimate goal being the preparation of customized medication to help the physician and patient achieve a more positive therapeutic outcome.
Compounding is not a new or experimental process, rather it is something which pharmacists have been doing for centuries. Before manufacturers mass-produced drugs, the local pharmacist or apothecary would mix various chemicals to create a medicine to treat an illness or affliction.
Compounding is an approved science, not an art. The chemicals and raw materials used by licensed pharmacists are approved by the FDA and/or other governmental regulatory agencies. Compounding pharmacists do not replace the medical advice given to a patient by a physician, they work in concert with the physician to ensure that the compounds created meet the individual medical needs of the patient. Quality patient care is the primary consideration for all our compounding activities. Each compound is made specifically to order for each individual patient per physician order (prescription).
There are several reasons why we compound prescription medications, the primary and most important one is what the medical community calls “patient non-compliance.” Many patients are allergic to preservatives or dyes, or are sensitive to standard drug strengths. With a physician’s consent, a compounding pharmacist can change the strength of a medication, alter its form to make it easier for the patient to ingest, or add flavor to make it more palatable. The pharmacist also can prepare the medication using several unique delivery systems, such as a sublingual troche or lozenge, a lollipop, or a transdermal gel or cream that can be absorbed through the skin. For those patients who are having a hard time swallowing a capsule, a compounding pharmacist can make a liquid suspension instead.
Compounding pharmacists have the opportunity to work with a variety of practice specialties, such as hospice, pediatrics, pain management, and OB/GYN, which in turn broadens the scope of their practices and creates other opportunities to provide other pharmacist care services.
The TRIAD Philosophy
We believe in and adhere to the "TRIAD" philosophy which mandates a permanent level of communication between the "Patient - Physician - Pharmacist".