Frequently Asked Questions

Western Colorado Specialty Pharmacy

Never heard of Compounding?

More and more doctors and patients are hearing about “compounding pharmacies” and learning how they can help. Here are a few questions that can be answered; however, if you have more questions on how our compounding pharmacy located in Grand Junction can help your special medication needs, please give us a call at 970-243-5050.

Western Colorado Specialty Pharmacy
Compounding is the art and science of preparing, mixing, and assembling medications in a formula tailored to meet the needs of physicians and patients. Customized prescription medications are created to solve medication-related problems.
Some patients do no respond to traditional medications and need specialized products that are not readily available. This is where compounding can meet specific patient needs. In the compounding process, physicians and pharmacists can customize an individual product for each specific patient.
The demand for professional compounding has increased as healthcare professionals and patients realize that commercially available medications do not meet their needs.
  • Lactose free, dye free capsules of most drugs
  • Ointments applied to the skin to treat nausea
  • Medication in treat form for animals appropriate to their weight, species and taste preferences
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
  • Pain medication in a transdermal gel (applied to the skin)
These are only a few common applications. The question to consider is: "What needs to be made?" rather than "What can be made?" Compounding provides the answer!
  • By solving dosing problems with individualized, patient specific dosing
  • By making medications that are dye-free, preservative-free and lactose free
  • By making medications that may no longer be available
  • By customizing medication strengths
  • By adding flavors to help ‘make the medicine go down’ easier
Any one of these compounding services can help with medication administration and compliance and get patients on their way to feeling better.
Any human or animal may benefit from individualized prescription therapy, if what is needed differs from what is commercially manufactured.

Examples of patients who might use compounded prescriptions are those who:
  • Use Bioidentical hormones
  • Need a combination of medications
  • Need a unique dose
  • Require pain management not adequately treated by conventional dosage forms
  • Have difficulty swallowing
  • Need a medication no longer manufactured by a pharmaceutical company
  • Are children and refuse to take medication due to unpleasant taste
  • Have allergies to ingredients in pharmaceutical preparations
Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Dentists, Veterinarians- any practitioner who has authority to write prescriptions.
  • Prescription should begin with the words: “Compounded Medication”
  • Call the Pharmacy at 970-243-5050 with requests and questions
Ask a Pharmacist today to find out how we can help with your special medicinal needs.