|Yes. Children and the elderly are often the types
of patients who benefit most from compounding. Often, parents have a tough
time getting their children to take medicine because of the taste. A compounding
pharmacist can work directly with the physician and the patient to select
a flavoring agent, such as orange creamsicle or tutti frutti, that provides
both an appropriate match for the medication's properties and the patient's
Compounding pharmacists also have helped patients who are experiencing chronic pain. For example, some arthritic patients cannot take certain medications due to gastrointestinal side effects. Working with their physician, a compounding pharmacist can provide them with a topical preparation with the anti-inflammatory or analgesic their doctor has prescribed for them. Compounded prescriptions often are used for pain management in hospice care.