One of the greatest challenges in prescription medication is a simple fact: some patients just don’t like taking medicine. From a child who can’t stand the taste of a cough syrup to a cat who absolutely refuses to take an antibiotic, taking medicine rarely is a pleasant experience.
A prime advantage of compounding is its ability to customize medication. What’s the easiest way to customize it? Flavor! Compounding pharmacists have access to many flavors and flavor combinations which can enhance the taste and color of a medication to make it easier to swallow.
A child who has difficulty taking a prescription because of the taste is a prime candidate. He or she won’t mind taking medication that tastes like bubblegum, watermelon, or even chocolate. Most of our flavors are sugar-free and some are even dye-free.
When changing the flavor of anti-biotics for instance, careful consideration is given to the measurement of pH in order to maintain the medicine’s stability. Whether you prefer a distinct flavor – or no flavor at all – compounded medications may be of benefit to you.
Antibiotic, antiviral and anti-fungal medications treat a wide variety of minor to severe infections. Some patients may need infused anti-infective medications to be administered in the hospital or in the home setting through an intravenous catheter. Treatment is focused on controlling the infection and preventing complications. Duration of therapy may range from days to several months depending on the severity or site of infection.
At Rite Away Pharmacy, our skilled clinical team specializes in treating patients who need long-term or complex anti-infective therapies. With a referral to a Rite Away Pharmacy location, patients receiving intravenous (IV) antibiotics or other anti-infective medications will receive comprehensive care in coordination with the physician.
Our pharmacy staff will work closely with the patient’s health care providers to complete a comprehensive patient assessment before establishing an effective and appropriate treatment regimen. Our patients receive frequent assessments from our clinicians, in order to reach patient-specific goals and maximize patient satisfaction.
Non-Sterile Compounding is the creation of a particular pharmaceutical product to fit the unique need of a patient. To do this, compounding pharmacists combine or process appropriate ingredients using various tools. This may be done for medically necessary reasons, such as to change the form of the medication from a solid pill to a liquid, to avoid a non-essential ingredient that the patient is allergic to, or to obtain the exact dose(s) needed or deemed best of particular active pharmaceutical ingredient(s). It may also be done for more optional reasons, such as adding flavors to a medication or otherwise altering taste or texture.
Sterile Compounding and Infusion
Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) and enteral (tube) feedings support adults and children who cannot consume or absorb nutrients through regular food intake.
There are many situations when a person cannot eat any or enough food. A patient’s stomach or bowel may not be functioning properly because of an illness or surgery. Under those conditions, the person must receive nutrition in a different way.
Nutrition can be provided either through a feeding tube (enteral nutrition) or an intravenous tube called a catheter that is inserted directly into the veins (parenteral nutrition or TPN). The amount, type, and route of nutrition is determined on a case-by-case basis for each patient.
Rite Away Pharmacy, Inc.’s Nutrition Support Team consists of a nursing staff, pharmacists and dietitian. Our team of specialists works closely with your Rite Away Pharmacy pharmacy’s clinicians, making for an easy patient transition from the hospital to the home. Your Rite Away Pharmacy pharmacy aims to provide the best possible care from pediatrics to elderly patients receiving nutritional therapy. Our goal is to offer each patient an improved quality of life, by allowing them to return to their thriving lifestyle.
Sterile Compounding may also include things such as hormone injections and etc.
Pain Mangement Therapy
Pain management is a common infusion therapy provided to patients in the home or alternate site settings. This therapy can be administered by intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous, or intrathecal/epidural infusions. Effective pain management provides benefits to the patient through earlier return to activity, shortened hospital stay, decreased hospital admissions, and the subsequent reduction in costs associated with the chronic pain.
While the focus of pain management is on the alleviation of pain and suffering, an underlying goal is to allow the patient to rejoin their normal daily activities. Our pharmacy staff will work closely with your physician to complete a comprehensive patient assessment before establishing an effective treatment regimen that meets the patient’s needs. Our patients receive frequent assessments to assure adequate pain control and patient satisfaction.
Your pets are special. Why not give them customized care?
As a pet owner, you want your pet to receive the highest-quality veterinary care.
You want them to have treatment as sophisticated and compassionate as you might receive yourself. You’re not alone. Today’s veterinarians realize that pet owners are very knowledgeable, and expect a more advanced level of care.
Cats, dogs, exotic pets and even zoo animals are also prime candidates for flavored medication. Cats don’t like pills, but they do like fish. Dogs may not appreciate a squirt of traditional medication into their mouths, but they’ll gladly take it if it tastes like chicken.
Working closely with a pet owner and a veterinarian, a compounding pharmacist can custom-flavor a medication to fit the tastes and preferences of any kinds of animal. There are beef, cheese, chicken and liver flavors for dogs; fish for cats. Horses prefer alfalfa, cherry, apple, carrot and molasses. Even birds, rodents and reptiles have flavor preferences that can be met by a compounding pharmacist.