Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy, a key campus learning center for pharmacy students, now offers compounding services to the community for both people and pets and other animals. It is a service that provides personalized medications for a variety of health-related conditions and can serve as a convenient solution to typical medication barriers.
“Composition is the formulation of drugs that are not commercially available,” explains Ryan Waldschmidt, a CPESN Ohio resident at UN HealthWise Pharmacy and Jackson Pharmacy and Wellness Center. “Medications may need to be combined to meet the individual needs of the patient or veterinarian, such as single medications, single doses, or dosage forms, including liquids, creams, or suppositories. Compound medications may be needed for purposes such as pain control, dermatologic conditions, or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Compounding is often necessary when a commercially available drug is not suitable for the patient or animal.” Some examples of compounded drugs include:
· Elimination of ingredients in a drug to which a patient is allergic;
· Changing the dosage form (for example, preparing a liquid for a patient who cannot swallow a pill);
· Combining drugs together (turning many pills into a single combined pill);
· Provide a single concentration of the drug;
· Make medicines when they are not available or in short supply;
· Prepare medicines for pets or other animals, in the appropriate dosage and pharmaceutical form.
“Instead of switching drugs or going without, patients can often benefit from the combination,” says Waldschmidt, “at the request of physicians, veterinarians, and other prescribers.”
“To get the word out about this service, I plan to build relationships with doctors and veterinarians in the surrounding communities to share the benefits of compounded medicines with them,” says Waldschmidt. “The more prescribers realize the options that compounds offer to themselves and their patients, the more our patients will benefit.”
Although pharmacology originated with compounding, only about 7,500 of the approximately 56,000 community pharmacies in the United States today specialize in compounding services, according to the American Pharmaceutical Association. All, including the program at UN HealthWise Pharmacy, are regulated by the state.
For now, the compounds provided by UN HealthWise Pharmacy do not include injectables or other sterile compounds. “There are very tightly regulated restrictions regarding sterile compounds,” says Waldschmidt. UN HealthWise’s “non-sterile” compounding program does not indicate a lack of cleanliness, but compliance with standards that are less stringent than those required for sterile products, such as intravenous medications. “Non-sterile compounding does not require a sterile environment and involves dosage forms such as capsules, tablets, creams, ointments, liquids, suspensions, suppositories, dog/cat chews, and more,” notes Waldschmidt.
In addition to improving access for people in the region to advanced pharmaceutical services, the UN Raabe College of Pharmacy provides training for compounding pharmacy students, and the service is a valuable hands-on learning opportunity. “Providing compounds in the services available at our pharmacy will give students the opportunity to make medicines for real patients, beyond what we teach them in our compounding lab courses,” says Waldschmidt, who also compiled a training program for interested students and other HealthWise professionals. Pharmacy staff.
For more information on UN HealthWise compounding services, call the pharmacy at 419-772-3784 Monday through Friday between 10 am and 6 pm; or on Saturday between 10 am and 2 pm You can also contact the pharmacy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.