At our Bedford location, Fisher's Pharmacy, we feature a state of the art compounding lab and private consultation area for patients. Your Compounding medicines can be reordered at either location, and you can decide which location you would like to pick them up at, or we can mail them to you.
What is Compounding All About?
It is the pharmacy method of preparing medications to meet unique prescriber and patient needs. Compounded medications are “made from scratch” – individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the prescriber or needed by the patient. This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs. Actually until about the 1950s all medications were compounded. Once the major drug companies came into existence, compounding started to fade away, but it has seen a resurgence in the last few years.
How Do You Compound?
We use top quality materials from Professional Compounding Center of America (PCCA)in all of our compounded medications that we produce. We use state-of-the-art equipment to complete the compounded medications. The on-site lab includes an ointment mill, electric blenders, and analytical scales, just to name a few. We are also in the process of becoming a PCAB (Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board) certified sterile facility as well, which will allow us to compound even more medications for our patients.
Why Do You Compound? What Do You Compound?
There are several reasons why pharmacists compound prescription medications; yet, the most important one is patient non-compliance. Many patients are allergic to preservatives or dyes, or are sensitive to standard drug strengths. With a prescriber’s consent, 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.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (also called natural hormone replacement therapy) is the replacement of hormones that are normally produced by the body with hormones that are biologically identical in chemical structure and function.
We can tailor a hormone regimen, which mimics what a female’s body has been doing for the past 50 years or so. All women are not the same; therefore, a compounding pharmacist can add value by preparing the medication to “fit” the patient with the appropriate dosage strength and form. This can be done for the male patient as well when it comes to the hormone testosterone. The compounding pharmacist working with the prescriber and patient can start and maintain bio-identical hormone replacement.
Pharmacists and Veterinarians can work together to improve and maximize the therapeutic success and compliance of any kind of animal and reduce the overall cost of animal care. There are many different methods and Flavors that are available to the compounding pharmacist to make the medicine more appealing to any animal. Suspensions, animal treats, and custom shampoo to name a few.
Transdermal gels and creams, polyox bandages, effervescent formulas, lip balms, sports drink formulations.
Limited only by the imagination of the clinician, there are many compounded items that the pharmacist can do to make the “end of life” easier to handle and make the patient more comfortable. Such as, suppositories, oral rinses, transdermal gels, inhalations, rapid dissolve tablets.
Oral rinses, adhesives, antibiotics, bleaching gels, dry socket mixtures, sedatives, chapsticks/lip balms.
Dermatological preparations for skin disorders including psoriasis or shingles.
Family Practice Medicine
Items can be compounded for fungal infections, migraines, PMS, arthritis, bad breath, hemorrhoids and many other items.
There are many ways we can help to make giving your child his/her medication easier. Pediatric dosing bottle; which provides an easy way to include medication in a child’s drink, medicated lollipops, suspensions, & flavoring the medication.
We can also prepare diaper rash treatments & pediatric suppositories.
Transdermal treatments for neuropathy, topical powders, topical antifungal treatments.
Who Does The Compounding?
Working with a prescriber, the compounding pharmacist prepares a “customized” medication in a special compounding laboratory, using the latest techniques and devices. The medication is dispensed in a special dosage form or delivery system suited for the patient. The Pharmacist gives our patients the time and attention they deserve. Follow-up with each patient is done to see how their compounded medications are working for them.
Meet Our Certified Compounding Staff
David N. Whysong, R.Ph.
CEO/President of Weissang, Inc. Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 1994. He brings 5 years of experience in compounding medications.
Misty D. Nicodemus, C.Ph.T.
Graduated from Chestnut Ridge High School in 1996. She brings 10 years of pharmacy experience. Completed a Certified Pharmacy Technician Program from NHA in May 2012. Became a Certified Compounding Technician through PCCA Comprehensive Compounding Course in Houston, TX in April 2013.
To contact our Pharmacy about compounding services or
any other questions, please call us at:
Compounding Lab Hours:
Monday through Friday from 9:00 am 5:00 pm
Phone: 814-623-5512 Fax: 814-623-5611
For more information on compounding, you can visit PCCA’s website at: www.pccarx.com