Family Pharmacy, located in the Sarasota area, is home to the Nation’s leading specialty and compounding pharmacy. Pharmacy compounding combines an ageless art with modern technology, alongside continuous growth in the practice of medical knowledge; this allows specially trained professionals to prepare customized medications to meet each and every one of our patient’s specific needs. Pharmacy compounding is fundamental to the practice, and was the standard for providing prescription medications to the public before drugs began to be produced in mass quantities by pharmaceutical manufacturers. The demand for professional compounding has grown exponentially. With the limited strengths and dosages provided through the commercial manufacturers, and the ever expanding knowledge of medical care professionals, compounding is the only way to create the customized medication that patients need. Having a better response to the medication and a customized formula to benefit as well, compounding is “just what the Doctor ordered.”
Our compounding professionals can prepare unique dosage forms containing only the best doses of medication generated specifically for the individual. These medications come in dosage forms that are not commercially available, such as: transdermal gels, topical wound care gels, unique dermatological creams, custom troche vitamins, custom wart and nail solutions, and much more! Alongside the custom medications provided through compounding, one can also be assured that the medications are free of problem-causing excipients such as gluten, dyes, sugar, lactose, or alcohol. These combinations of various compatible medications make administration easier, with benefits that can not be found commercially.
Compounding pharmacies (and pharmacists) adhere to standards and regulations set by the U.S. Pharmacopeia, National Association of Boards and State Boards of Pharmacy for quality assurance and accuracy. Family Pharmacy is meticulous in meeting the industry’s highest quality standards of compounded medications.
Quality Compounding Maximizes Therapeutic Outcomes
The efficacy of any formulation is directly related to its preparation, which is why the selection of your compounding pharmacy is critical. Ongoing training for compounding pharmacists and technicians, state-of-the-art equipment, and high quality chemicals are essential. Experience and ingenuity are important factors as well. When adjusting a formula or developing a unique preparation, the compounding pharmacist must consider physical and chemical properties of both the active ingredient and excipients, solubility, tonicity, viscosity, and the most appropriate dosage form or device for administering the needed medication. Standard operating procedures should be in place, stability studies should be considered when compounding, and appropriate potency and sterility testing should be performed.
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