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Until relatively recently, your local pharmacy actually compounded drug medicines, which means that they created the medicines for you on-site. This service was overtaken by the large multi-national pharmaceutical companies who began to manufacture mass produced medicines on a huge scale, sending many compounding pharmacies out of business.
So for many years now, most pharmacies have only been able to offer you the generic medications distributed by these large pharmaceutical companies. Some pharmacies however, have continued to offer compounded medications to their customers and at Emslie’s Floreat Pharmacy we are proud to say that this is a service we continue to offer our customers.
The short answer is that compounded drug medicines are medications that are customised to the patient’s individual needs. The most popular of our drug compounding services involve creating an alternative delivery system for the patient, changing the taste of medicines for the patient, removing fillers that can cause allergies and giving you the precise dose you need.
Alternative delivery systems: Many young children and elderly people refuse to take their medicines, because they cannot swallow the tablets or capsules. This is an ideal time for making use of compounded drug medicines, because we can give you the same medicine but in a liquid form or even a smaller tablet, capsule or even a gummy bear.
Changing the taste: If the taste of the medicine is causing problems, then our pharmacists can give you the exact same medicine, but in a form that tastes much better. Our pharmacists can give you a syrup that tastes of strawberries or bubble gum for example, making medicine time so much easier for young children.
Omitting fillers: Certain fillers in mass produced medicines can trigger allergies, so making use of compounded drug medications is the perfect solution. We can give you your medications without these triggering ingredients, giving you peace of mind knowing that all of the medications are safe for you and your family.
Correct dosage: How often have you needed to break tablets apart to obtain the correct dosage? Many prescriptions even tell you to take one and a half tablets! Breaking apart tablets can leave you with lots of crumbly bits and you are never sure if you are taking the correct dose. Compounded medications on the other hand, take all of this worry away, because you will only need to take whole tablets and you will never have to break another tablet into pieces again.
At Emslie’s Floreat Pharmacy, we can create compounded medications for you and all you need to do is to ask your doctor for a compounding prescription.