What is a Compounding Pharmacy? A compounding pharmacy, such as Papermill Pharmacy, is a pharmacy that is capable of creating personalized medications for patients. Compounded medications are based on a medical practitioner’s prescription and individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form the patient requires. At one time, nearly all prescriptions were compounded. But with the growth of pharmaceutical companies and the mass production of medications in the 1950s and 60s, fewer and fewer pharmacies practiced compounding. Most chain drugstores and supermarket pharmacies are strictly dispensers of manufactured dosage forms. At Papermill Pharmacy, our accredited and trained compounding pharmacists work with you to develop medications tailored especially for you. With the prescriber’s permission, we can custom-prepare medications to address a number of issues, including:
- Adjusting the strength of a medication.
- Avoiding unwanted ingredients, such as dyes, preservative, lactose, gluten, or s
Choosing the Right Pharmacy If you’re relatively healthy (knock on wood), choosing a pharmacy may be a matter of convenience. What’s closest to your home or work, for instance. But if you’re a senior taking multiple medications, or have a chronic illness, it pays to choose a pharmacy where you can get to know the pharmacist, and they can get to know you. In these days where you can almost find a drugstore on every corner, how do you choose between the big box stores, the discount warehouses and your independent pharmacy? Things to look for in a pharmacy:
- A pharmacist who is easy to contact and talk to. The pharmacist should be easy to talk to and available to answer your questions. If they’re not available, or always seem in a hurry, take your business elsewhere. Ask the drugstore if they have a private consultation area if you don’t want to talk about your health concerns out in the open.
- A short wait to pick up prescriptions. Some of the big box stores have the pharmacy way in the back, with a line of people waiting. Your independe