download (3)In America, there are two main types of pharmacy; compounding pharmacy and regular pharmacy. There are some very important differences between these two types of pharmacy, which will be explained in the article below. You can choose which type of pharmacy would be better for you based on this information.

Compounding Pharmacy

This type of pharmacy has been around for decades, but it is only just starting to become more popular again. For centuries, most pharmacies were compounding ones, but they almost disappeared with the advent of mass-produced medicines during the mid-twentieth century. They practice a safe type of “alternative medication”, where each user has their own medication mixed especially for them by a qualified expert, based on the advice of the diagnosing doctor. It is considered as alternative medication because customers are not forced to rely on the industry standard for their particular medication, and therefore they are more likely to get a drug which meets their specific needs. Being able to tailor the drugs in this way means that patient’s have a greater choice over the medication that they have to take, because it is less likely to be too strong or too weak for their particular condition. It also means that certain non-essential ingredients can be left out if necessary. This can be really useful for patients who cannot take standard medication because they are allergic to certain ingredients (such as gluten) which are commonly used.

Regular Pharmacy

Regular pharmacies sell mass-produced medication which has been created at a central factory. This medication will only be available in the standard sizes and standard doses, which have been created based on what is most commonly needed by patients. If you don’t fit into one of these categories, then you might not be able to find medication which is just right for your condition. However, regular pharmacies are usually less expensive than compounding ones are, because dispensing pre-prepared medication requires less skill. Therefore, these pharmacies give people access to medication that they may not be able to afford if they had to go to a compounding store. Regular pharmacies also tend to be quicker than compounding ones. Mixing unique medication to meet a specific recipe requires a lot of care and precision, and therefore it cannot be done instantly. If you are short on time, it is much easier to pop into a regular pharmacy and just choose a drug which is straight off of the shelves. This is a more suitable option for some people to take.


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