WHAT IS COMPOUNDING?
Compounding is the art and science of customizing prescription drugs (prescribed by the patient’s doctor) to meet individual needs. Until the late 1950’s, compounding was practiced at every pharmacy in the U.S.; however, when commercial wholesale drug companies began manufacturing packaged drugs in large quantities, pharmacy compounding fell out of favor, and pharmacists began dispensing mass-produced medications to patients. Since the 1990’s, the practice of pharmacy compounding has experienced renewed popularity as doctors have looked to compounding to provide customized drugs for their patients.
Do compounding pharmacists undergo special training?
Compounding pharmacists are specially trained in the art of compounding as members of PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America). Compounded medications often require equipment and chemicals that are not available in most pharmacies. Our staff is trained to use this state-of-the-art equipment, and they continually work to keep up with the latest advances in compounding techniques. Currently, there are only a few compounding pharmacists in Springfield and four of these exceptional professionals are on staff at Grove Pharmacy.
WHAT MEDICATIONS CAN GROVE PHARMACY COMPOUND?
Compounding is performed in our state-of-the-art, sterile cleanroom. Our compounding list is constantly updated as we work with physicians who bring us new formulas. In addition, we obtain formulations from other compounding pharmacies, as well as compounding seminars and continuing education classes. We are currently seeking accreditation with the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) which recognizes high-quality compounding pharmacies. Our wide variety of medications include:
- hormone replacement therapy
- veterinary compounding
- erectile dysfunction treatments
- pain management preparations
- ophthalmic compounding
- dental preparations
- sports medicine treatments
- hospice compounding
- respiratory treatments
WE COMPOUND MEDICATIONS IN THE FOLLOWING FORMS:
- transdermal gels, creams, ointments
- oral capsules, troches, lozenges
- injectable medications
- mouthwashes, mouth sprays
- nasal and ear drops