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Pharmacy compounding is the complex science of preparing customized medications for patients who require medication strengths, dosages, and forms which are not available from traditionally sold medications. For patients with such needs, pharmaceutical compounding is the answer.

Pharmaceutical Compounding is a proven alternative to traditional methods of medical treatment. Compounding pharmacies such as Playa Pharmacy offer the ability to specify treatment sizes, dosages, strengths, and forms, to individually tailor medicines for each patient’s unique needs and preferences. At Playa Pharmacy we have licensed and skilled compounding pharmacists who provide medical prescription solutions which are simply not offered by commercially sold medicines and products.

History of Compounding

From 1930 to 1940, over 60% of all medications were compounded by specialized pharmacists. However, with the arrival of large-scale drug manufacturing on a massive and wide-spread scale in the 1950s and 1960s, it became much cheaper and more efficient to give up drug compounding, and focus on “one size fits all” strengths and dosages.

Since the mid 1980s however, an increasing number of patients have been seeking customized medication solutions, because one size does not fit all. In addition to an increasing need for customized medications, technological advances in the pharmaceutical field have created easier and more streamline methods for compounding medications.


Why compound?

One of the many reasons patients choose compounded medications over traditional options is because many patients are allergic to certain preservatives, dyes, and drug strengths that are found in almost all traditional medications, and therefore require alternatively developed medications.

Compounding Pharmacists are able to make a variety of changes to traditional medications, including:

  • Lower levels of dyes, preservatives, etc

  • Increased or decreased dosage strengths

  • Alternative forms of medications, such as troches, lozenges, candies, gels, & liquids

  • Added flavors for better taste & easier ingestion

Compounding pharmacists are able to work with many different medication practices, including hospice, pediatrics and child care, pain management clinics, OB/GYN, and veterinarian practices.

We are dedicated to your health and will work collaboratively with you and your doctor to ensure the best possible care.

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What is compounding?

Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients. Compounded medications are made based on a practitioners prescription in which individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient. This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs.

I can't make it into your pharmacy, can you send me my medication?

Yes! We provide fast local delivery and shipping anywhere in the state of California!

How is quality assured?

We take quality assurance very serious

  • Staff members are trained and certified by the compounding pharmacist

  • There are 3 checkpoints for each and every Rx

  • We send samples to independent labs to ensure potency of medication

  • We are members of PCCA and follow their guidelines which are set by a nationally recognized team of scientists

How long does it take to get a compounded prescription?

Compounding is a specialty practice and it will require a little more time to prepare compared to traditional prescriptions. It also differs from prescription to prescription Out staff will let you know the process of picking up your compounded medication and when you can expect it to be ready.

How is compounding different from pharmaceutical manufacturing?

Compounding is different because it can be customized to the patient. We believe not one size fits all. Compounding can customize dosage amounts, ingredients in the case of allergies, and delivery method, even flavors can be added. This customizes it directly for the patient, making it easier to take the medication. 

How do I get a compounded medication?

You can contact us for a consultation to determine if compounding is for you, then we will consult directly with your physician to collaborate and determine the best option for your health.

Why would I need a compounded medication?

There are many reasons someone would find compounded medications a better option from traditional pharmaceutical manufacturing such as

  • When the strength, form, or ingredient you need is not commercially available

  • It can be a safer alternative to some commercial products

  • If you have unwanted side effects such as drowsiness, stomach discomfort, addition, etc.

  • If you have an ingredient sensitivity or allergy

  • If you are a woman going through menopause or have a hormone imbalance

  • If you are a man going through andropause or have a hormonal imbalance

  • If your pet won't swallow their medication tablet (we can flavor it or turn it into a cream in some cases)

  • When a manufactured drug that was working for you has been discontinued 

  • If you can't swallow pills

  • If your current medication is not providing the results you would expect

  • If your child struggles with taking the medication because of taste

Have other questions about compounding?

We are happy to answer any other questions you may have, please feel feel to contact us!

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