There was a time when the main role of a pharmacist was to prepare compounded drugs prescribed by a doctor for patients.
During the last 60 years, the mass production of drug manufacturing has changed the role of most pharmacists, who are now dispensing these mass produced medicines instead of preparing them.
Special training is needed for a pharmacist to be able to prepare compounded medications. Over time the number of pharmacists undertaking this crucial training has diminished considerably.
Some of the common problems when dispensing drugs which are mass produced stem from the fact that not everyone is the same. There is no such thing as “One Drugs Suits All”, and this is demonstrated time and time again in circumstances such as:
Fortunately there are still some pharmacists in Australia who are trained in the art of preparing compounded medicines for their patients, enabling them to change the strength of a medication, alter it to make it easier to take or add flavour to it to make it more palatable.
Emslie’s Pharmacy in Perth has been providing the highest quality pharmacy care ( including the preparation of compounded medications ) for their local community for almost 20 years. Their compounding service is a very welcome one in that a surprising number of patients need these specialised medicines.
At Emslie’s Pharmacy in Perth, WA, the highly trained pharmacists, members of PCCA, can even prepare compounded medications using several unique delivery systems, such as a sublingual troche or lozenge, sprays or a transdermal gel. For those patients in WA who are having a difficult time swallowing a capsule, they can choose to have a syrup made up instead.
These really are ‘tailor-made’ medicines for patients in need.