What is Compounding?

Pharmacy compounding is the long-established tradition in pharmacy practice that enables physicians to prescribe and patients to take medicines that are specially prepared by pharmacists to meet patients individual needs. Millions of Americans have unique health care needs that off-the-shelf prescription medications cannot meet. For them, personalized medication solutions mixed safely by trained, licensed pharmacists are the only option to achieve the desired health care outcome. We are USB 797 Compliant for sterile compounding which is now required for Sterile compounding pharmacies. Saffa Compounding Pharmacy is partnered with PCCA, or Professional Compounding Centers of America.

PCCA's Quality Control department is exhaustively devoted to assuring the quality of the chemicals received, repackaged, and sold to our members. Steps include obtaining a Certificate of Analysis for all chemicals received, verifying the identity of every bulk chemical received both before repackaging and completing a second identity test after repackaging, conducting regular tests of all chemicals in inventory, and verifying all unique identifier numbers prior to shipping.

As a repackager of unformulated chemicals for pharmacy compounding, PCCA is registered and inspected by the FDA and DEA. PCCA provides Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited Primary and Aseptic Compounding courses in our in-house training laboratories. These hands-on courses provide pharmacists and their pharmacy technicians with a forum for learning the latest innovations in compounding unique dosage forms. In addition, the curriculum includes discussion of quality and safety procedures, and legal issues. As a member Saffa Compounding Pharmacy has access to a staff of more than 20 consultant pharmacists, pharmaceutical chemists, and training personnel ready to serve their technical support needs which means you as our customer receive the safest and highest quality of compounding products.

We work with your physician to find the dose, and delivery system (oral, topical, sublingual etc.) that will be most effective for your individual needs.

The Triad Relationship

Compounding is achieved through an essential triad relationship — patient, physician and pharmacist. The physician first prescribes the medication, then the pharmacist takes the necessary ingredients, compounds them, and dispenses the medicine to the patient after a thorough consultation. This enables patients to receive the type of personalized care they deserve and allows independent community pharmacists the opportunity to provide superior, patient-oriented services.

Reasons for Compounding

There are several reasons why pharmacists compound prescription medications; yet, the most important one is patient noncompliance. Many patients are allergic to preservatives or dyes, or are sensitive to standard drug strengths. With a physician's prescription, a compounding pharmacist can change the strength of a medication, alter its form to make it easier for the patient to ingest, and add flavor to it 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, for those patients who are having a difficult time swallowing a capsule, a compounding pharmacist can make a suspension instead.

Often parents have a tough time getting their children to take their medicine because of the taste. A compounding pharmacist can work directly with the physician and the patient to select a flavoring agent, such as vanilla butternut or tutti frutti, that provides both an appropriate match for the medication's properties and the patient's taste preferences. Compounding pharmacists also have helped patients who are experiencing chronic pain. For example, arthritic patients who cannot take certain medications due to gastrointestinal side effects. Working with their physician, a compounding pharmacist can provide them with a topical preparation with the anti-inflammatory or analgesic their doctor prescribed for them.

Meeting Patient and Practitioner Needs

Compounders focus on meeting special needs. This may involve compounding height/weight-appropriate pediatric medications, injections for impotency, medications for veterinarians in a variety of dosage forms and flavors, alternatives in hormone replacement therapy, or dosage options, such as transdermal gels, when treating hospice patients. The ultimate goal in preparing any of these customized medications is to help the physician and patient achieve patient compliance.

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