Lacey Drug Company is prepared to help meet our customers personal healthcare needs. We can make medications for customers that are not commercially available.
These are referred to as compounded medications.
These are prescription medications that are written by a physician, veterinarian, or other legally authorized prescriber.
The Difference Between Regular Medication and Compounded Medication
Regular medication is when large drug manufacturing companies mass produce medication in specific dosages and /or delivery formats to meet the need of the majority of those taking that medication.
The big drug manufacturers usually package and distribute the medication in the most commonly prescribed (easy) format.
Sometimes, that method of dosing that works for everybody, doesn’t work for you.
You might have trouble swallowing a pill, or have an allergic reaction to something in the prescribed medication.
This is where a highly trained Pharmacist can truly make a difference.
When a customer receives a compounded medication from Lacey Drug Company it is “made from scratch.”
The medication is tailor-made using the exact strength and dosage of individual ingredients to help meet the specific needs of our patients.
A Brief History of Compounded Medication
The art of compounding medications can be traced to ancient times. As long as humanity has been around, so has pharmacy.
Up until the 20thcentury, every medicine made was hand crafted for the individual.
During the 1920s and 1930s over 75 percent of prescriptions were compounded according to a report by Paddock Laboratories, Inc.
Twenty years later only 25 percent of medicine was compounded because of the Industrial Revolution. By the 1970’s the art of pharmaceutical compounding was almost lost due to the large drug manufacturing companies mass production.
Fortunately, the art of Pharmaceutical Compounding started to rise in the mid-1990s, and now compounding has become more important than ever.
Why would a patient need a compounded medication?
A patient might need a compounded medication for a variety of reasons. Here are just a few examples of why one might be needed:
- The medicine might be discontinued or on backorder
- There may be an allergy
- Swallowing a pill might be hard
- Your doctor has prescribed bio-identical hormones
- Some other unique need that can benefit from a personalized preparation
If you feel that you might need a compounded medication, please let us know.
We will work together, with you and your physician, to arrive at at a solution to help with your individual need.
Our Compounding Pharmacist and Your Safety
Lacey Drug Company holds the safety of our patients to the highest degree.
Our Lacey’s Marietta Pharmacy is one of the few compounding pharmacies in the state of Georgia to have earned accreditation from the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board.
Compounding Pharmaceutical Medication Takes Longer
Lacey Drug Company understands your time is valuable, and we will always try to get your prescription filled in a prompt manner; however, the health of our patients is our top priority.
When you drop off your prescription your Pharmacist or a Lacey’s Staff Member will try to give you an estimated time for you to pick up your medication.
Pharmaceutical Compounding Helps With
With almost any ailment there is probably a compound to help with it. Here are just a few problems that pharmaceutical compounding can help you with:
Compounding For Animals
We at Lacey Drug Company love our furry, and not so furry friends!
Sometimes animals have the same issues humans do about taking medicine. It might taste yucky to them, they might have an allergy to an ingredient to a mass-produced drug, or they just don’t want to take the medication.
We make compounds for:
- Potbelly Pigs
We can also help other animals with our pharmaceutical compounds.
If you have any questions about a medication for an animal that your veterinarian prescribed, make sure to ask one of our pharmacists about how compounding can help them!
How does Compounding fit in Your Life?
As you can see, compounding is a fantastic way to help take medications your doctor has prescribed for you, or your pet, in the safest manner possible.
If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our pharmacists about how compounding can be of help to you and your pets.