ADVERTORIAL / ST. GEORGE — If you suffer from chronic pain, scarring, sinusitis, hormone deficiencies, or other chronic medical conditions and have had little success with commercially available medications, compounded medication may offer a personalized solution to aid in your struggles.
Drs. Koby Taylor and Travis Jackman, co-owners and pharmacists of Fusion Specialty Pharmacy, take a traditional approach to tackle modern-day health problems. The age-old tradition of compounding, combined with modern day treatments and state-of-the-art equipment offers patients something that commercially available medications cannot: medication made specifically to fit your individual needs.
What is compounding?
“The practice of compounding has been around for a long time. Prior to the 1960’s compounding was the primary process used to produce medication,” Taylor said.
In an effort to standardize treatments large companies began producing medication in a large scale, one-size-fits-all fashion. While effective for some, commercial medication can leave others, who have special requirements, without a suitable treatment option.
“If you are allergic to an ingredient or additive that is in a commercial medication, we can compound that medication for you, and customize it to address your individual needs,” Taylor said.
Fusion Specialty Pharmacy uses the highest quality ingredients available in their compounds. All of their ingredients are United States Pharmacopeia grade, or USP, and come from Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, approved facilities. They avoid many preservatives and dyes commonly used by popular commercial medications to provide patients with a more individually tailored product.
These compounded medications can be created in all different forms, including capsules, creams, solutions, suppositories and more. Patients can even choose a certain smell or taste for their medication.
Pain medications that are taken orally must travel through the body, and therefore can result in side effects such as gastrointestinal upset, constipation and drowsiness. Pain creams are applied directly to the site of pain and may greatly reduce those undesirable side effects while providing more direct relief of pain.
“If you’re taking a commercial medication and are experiencing side-effects that prevent you from doing everyday activities,” Jackman said, “we can formulate a cream for you that still provides the desired pain relief, but without those inconvenient side effects.”
The topical pain creams are also nonaddictive, which alone is a giant step in the right direction for pain management, he said.
Compounded scar gels
While the idea of compounding medications may not be new, some products do offer a new approach to obstacles people have trouble overcoming. Scars can be a reminder of a painful experience or a source of embarrassment for some people.
“Fusion Specialty Pharmacy offers a variety of compounded scar gels specifically designed to speed up the recovery process and improve their appearance,” Taylor said. Ingredients used in the medication help with collagen formation, which limits tissue overgrowth commonly seen in scars. Pharmacists can also add ingredients to address issues such as itching, redness, and inflammation, he said. These gels work with the body’s natural healing process and typically require three to six months of treatment to see maximum benefit.
“Because of how customizable and user-friendly these treatments are, adults and children alike can benefit from a scar gel,” Jackman said.
He has spoken with patients who say these scar gel treatments have completely turned their life around, Jackman said. They now have more confidence in themselves and can feel comfortable in their own skin again.
Getting a compounded prescription
Unlike over-the-counter scar and pain remedies, compounded creams do require a prescription from a licensed prescriber. If a patient wishes to be treated using a compounded medication, they must first talk to their doctor and get a prescription for the treatment desired.
“We are happy to assist patients with the process if they have questions,” Taylor said. “Most commercial insurances will pay for compounded medications,” Jackman said. “There are also options available for those with Medicare and Medicaid.”
The copays for these will be similar to what you see at a regular pharmacy. In essence, for anyone interested in compounded medication, we work to make it affordable and to fit within your budget.
Fusion Specialty Pharmacy is located at 1100 North Canyon View Drive, Suite C, in Santa Clara.
The pharmacy offers home delivery for the surrounding St. George area and shipping options for areas outside its delivery zones. The pharmacy is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and has a pharmacist available Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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