Compounding Specialists

Compounding Pharmacy

Compounding of medications is the pharmaceutical art of using individual ingredients and combining them into a finished dosage form. Before the advent of modern drug companies, most medicines were compounded this way from ingredients in a pharmacist's laboratory. Many pharmacists or "apothecaries" of yore grew their own herb garden to obtain the active ingredients needed. In the 1930's and 1940's, approximately 60% of all medications were compounded. As commercial drug manufacturing companies evolved in sophistication and economic power, pre-made medicines in standardized strengths have become the norm. Although sometimes, the “standard medicines” do not meet the needs of all patients. This is why Stark Pharmacy works with physicians to determine individual needs in order to formulate a safe and effective compounded therapy for our patients.

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Specialized Skills & Safety

Our compounding pharmacy has the specialized skills and modern sterile laboratories required to formulate medicines in the exact doses and combinations needed for customized medical treatment.

Because we are committed to compounding the safest and most effective medicines, we take these steps:

  • We only purchase chemicals from FDA-approved suppliers.
  • All of the formulas are stored in specialized software for safety and assurance.
  • We send samples of our compounds to outside laboratories for third-party testing to assure our products are the best.
  • We utilize AirClean® Systems PowderSafe™ enclosures to provide an effective and safe environment and to decrease risk of contamination when using powder weighing equipment in conjunction with compounds or chemicals.

Applications of Compounding

  • Bioidentical hormone therapy for perimenopause, menopause, PMS, andropause, or other hormone imbalances in women or men.
  • Special medicinal combinations or doses not available through commercial suppliers.
  • Drug delivery options such as capsules, skin creams, liquid suspensions, suppositories, troches, sublingual tablets, and more.
  • Medications compounded without artificial coloring, preservatives, or fillers.
  • Pain creams that can decrease dependence on oral narcotics.
  • Medications with special flavors for children or pets.
  • Rare, unusual, or medications not found on most pharmacy shelves.