As a result of upgrading the compounding pharmacy practice, The College of Pharmacist together with the national regulatory body, NAPRA have implemented new standards for all pharmacies that are practicing compounding.
New standards for are necessary to protect our patients and to protect our staff that are highly exposed to chemicals that could be hazardous.
Here at Coastal Care compounding pharmacy, we have a newly built sterile and non-sterile compounding facility which is compliant with model standards of practice proposed by NAPRA and B.C. College of Pharmacists.
Our clean rooms and compounding rooms are third party certified, fully equipped and our staff is well trained with years of experience in compounding.
This gives our compounding pharmacy the highest level of excellence and ability to provide service to other businesses, like medical clinics, hospitals, naturopathic and wellness clinics as well as other pharmacies.
We are PCCA member, accredited institution that supports and compounding practice in Canada.
We are here to be the partner business, and help provide the best possible care for our patients.
Sterile compounding represents the most critical aspects of pharmaceutical compounding. It requires following rigorous environmental, quality control and safety protocols in each phase of product preparation.
Whether the end product falls under the low, medium or high risk of sterile compounding, the strict standards and procedures before and after the compounding process need to be established and frequently evaluated.
Facilities and equipment:
Testing and quality control
At Coastal Care Pharmacy, our final product is tested at multiple levels. All our sterile compounding undergo sterility and endotoxin level testing, using USP 797 and NAPRA guidelines.
We validate the potency of our compounds by third party analysis in order to establish beyond use date and storage conditions in an accurate way.
This high standards, enables us to compound the most sophisticated dosage forms as:
Non-sterile compounding is an extemporaneous process, where we make topical, oral or other products that are intended for therapeutic treatment that otherwise does not require sterility.
The pharmacists experienced in this area of expertise are able to make difficult determinations regarding the proper combination of active and inactive ingredients, in consideration of the quality, stability, and effectiveness of compounded preparations.
Owing in part to their clinical potential, external medications are one of the most commonly compounded preparations:
In regards to topical products, we need to take into consideration dermal absorption, as a critical point in the science of compounded topical creams. To accomplish good topical absorption and therefore therapeutic action, the particle size of the active ingredient needs to be small enough and incorporated well into the specific base.
With having special equipment that help us achieve good skin penetration and extended stability for topical products, we are able to compound:
Compounding internal dosage form medications play an important role in addressing the unmet needs of special patient populations, including pediatric, geriatric, and tube fed patients.
Some internal dosage forms are:
Compounding hard-capsule is common practice in drug delivery for pharmaceutical active ingredients. Convenient and easy to use, capsules represent a popular dosage form for patients.
Choosing the appropriate excipients is a key factor to improve the dissolution kinetics of active pharmaceutical ingredients and optimize bioavailability.
To ensure a high level of efficiency of compounded capsules, pharmacists need determinate excipient blends, carefully developed by taking into consideration the solubility and permeability of a drug, represent a significant formulation advantage to improve the dissolution of active pharmaceutical ingredients.
The special type of capsule called “slow-release” is a system that allows formulating a reliable and consistent drug system based on specific types of inert capsule fillers. The main purpose of these capsules is to attenuate the drug release when there is a clinical need and no commercial medication exists.
Using inert excipients, we are making sure to avoid potential chemical interaction among ingredients as well intolerance or allergy that may affect patients.
Our capsules are lactose free, dye free and we offer vegetarian shells as well.
Whether there is intolerance or allergy to commercially available capsule excipients, or the dosage needs to be carefully tailored to patients need, some of our frequent compounds are: