HOSPICE COMPOUNDING MEDICINE
At the heart of hospice care is the strong belief that each person has the right to die pain-free and with dignity. In many cases, care is provided in the patient’s home with a loved one serving as the primary caregiver. Pharmacists play a major role in the hospice environment, as caring for the hospice patient generally centers around providing comfort by using pharmaceuticals to relieve and manage symptoms. Every individual is unique, and experiences during the end of life vary.
Common symptoms experienced during end-of-life care include pain, nausea/vomiting, difficulty taking medications, diarrhea, constipation, bedsores and anxiety. In hospice care, the goal is often to relieve pain to the maximum extent possible, without causing excessive sedation or adverse side effects. Our Hospice and compounding pharmacy staff work with physicians and the family to tailor medication therapy to the hospice patients individual needs.
We can provide solutions personalized for the following conditions:
Effective formulations to decrease pain, ease nausea, soothe burns and bedsores, stimulate saliva, increase appetite, and balance daytime alertness and nighttime comfort.
Working with the healthcare provider to develop appealing and efficient formulas, including enhanced flavor, color, and combinations of multiple medications in a single dose.
Consultation with experienced compounding pharmacists to ascertain the most appropriate solution for each patient.
Our Hospice and Compounding Pharmacy work effectively with a range of symptoms, naming a few below:
Alternative dosages for Hospice
In cases where hospice patients have difficulty swallowing, Bay Life Compounding Pharmacy can provide customized solutions for viable delivery methods. These delivery methods include topical creams, oral solutions, nasal sprays, mouth rinse, capsules, and lozenges. A troche can be administered by placing it under the tongue or between the cheek and gum, where it slowly melts and releases the medication. The drug is then absorbed through the many blood vessels under the tongue.
We specialize in customizing the delivery systems for medication as per individuals need. We synthesize transdermal gels and creams to carry the medication through the skin or deliver the medications via effervescent powders, suppositories, or suspensions.
Variations in strength
Bay Life Compounding Pharmacy for Hospice Care provides access to dosage strengths that are not available commercially. These doses are manufactured taking into account, the individual size and tolerance to specific medications. Through compounding, a physician and pharmacist can design a medication to the exact dosage needed by the patient.
How does compounding work?
Compounding pharmacies can produce unique dosage forms based on patient preferences and/or restrictions. Examples include dye-free, preservative-free, alcohol-free, and/or sugar-free forms of medications.
Many compounds are specialized medication combinations or liquid or cream forms of products that are not otherwise commercially available.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Compounding?
In general, compounding is a practice in which a licensed pharmacist, upon a physicians’ prescription order, combines, mixes, or alters ingredients of a drug to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient.
A health care provider will prescribe a compounded drug when commercially available products do not meet your needs. Preparing a paste or suspension from crushed tablets is one example of compounding. Likewise, adding flavoring to medication is also compounding.
Is a prescription required?
Yes, a prescription order from a physician is required for the pharmacist to compound your medication to meet your specific needs.
Are compounded prescriptions covered by insurance?
Some health insurance plans cover compounded medications. Check with your insurance company to see if you have coverage. Many pharmacies are able to bill insurance companies directly for compounded medications. If unable to bill your insurance company, you may submit a claim form to your insurance company to reimburse you directly. Depending on the nature of the product, these medications may be just as affordable as your conventional prescriptions.
How does my medical provider play a role in compounding?
Many medical providers are aware of the practice of compounding, and they may work with your local compounding pharmacy to provide the right medication for you. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor today if you feel that a compounded prescription may be a better way to manage a health condition for you or your family member.
Does a compounding pharmacist have special training?
All pharmacists are taught in pharmacy school how to properly compound medications, and many compounding pharmacists have advanced training after pharmacy school graduation. Compounding pharmacists utilize their unique pharmacy skills, knowledge, and creativity to work with you and your prescriber to prepare medication in a dosage form that has been customized to your particular needs.
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