Central Pharmacy and Compounding Lab is an independent pharmacy located at 900 Wilshire Boulevard in beautiful downtown Santa Monica, California just blocks from the Pacific Ocean. Our hours of operation are 9am until 5:00pm Monday through Friday. We are closed on weekends and on all major holidays.
With the same owners managing the Pharmacy since 1992 (Sharon and Dave Steen), we have established a great reputation in town..and throughout California (and beyond)! Several long-term employees also cherish working here and know how to give extra special service to our customers.
This year (2015) we are celebrating 70 years in business!
Most importantly…it’s now our 10th year as compounders!
Over the past 10 years we have grown into the most recognized and well-respected compounding pharmacy in Santa Monica.
What is Compounding?
Complimentary MedicinesCompounding is the preparation of a customized medication to solve a problem or meet a specific patient need.
Compounding pharmacists work together with prescribers (such as physicians, veterinarians, and dentists) and their patients to develop the most appropriate therapy for each individual. For example, if a person is unable to take medication orally, we may be able to place the needed medication into a transdermal gel that will allow the drug to be absorbed through the skin.
Some individuals are unable to take a commercial product because it contains a dye, sugar, alcohol or lactose. We can solve the problem by compounding a customized dosage form which contains the needed medication but not the problem-causing additive.
If someone needs a reduced strength of medication or is unable to swallow a tablet, we can compound a pleasantly flavored liquid that can be easily administered. Sometimes we can prepare dosage forms containing more than one medication to simplify a confusing schedule and reduce the potential for medication errors.
If you have problems giving medicine to your pets, we can help by compounding the drug into a form and flavor that the animal will devour! Cats LOVE our “triple-fish” flavor!
Do All Pharmacies Compound?
Compounding requires specialized equipment and bulk chemicals that are not available in most pharmacies. Our pharmacists have received extensive training in modern compounding techniques and regularly attend continuing education seminars. We also have a support network that continually generates new ideas and formulations.
By combining the ageless art of compounding with the latest medical knowledge and state-of-the-art technology, we can offer practical solutions for our patients’ medication problems.
We also offer non-gelatin capsules for our Vegetarian customers…just ask!
Flavorings Compounding allows us to meet unique needs that traditional medications cannot:
- Alternate Dosage Forms
- Cost Effective Formulating
- Creams, Ointments, & Lotions
- Dental Preparations
- Dermatological Specialties
- Discontinued Combinations
- Flavor Specialization
- Gels – Topical, Oral
- Geriatric Formulation
- Pain Formulations
- Nausea Formulations
- Individual Dosages
- Medicated Lozenges
- Nasal Sprays & Solutions
- Oral Suspensions
- Original Formulations
- Otic Solutions & Suspensions
- Over-the-Counter Formulations
- Pediatric Formulations
- Podiatric Formulations
- Preservative-Free Formulations
Physical Therapy Consultation
- Phonophoretic Formulations
- Sounding Gels
- Ionizing Solutions
- Iontophoretic (Ultrasound) Formulations
- Rectal Enemas or Suppositories
- Sublingual Troches
- Sugar-Free Formulations
- Throat Sprays
- Topical Powders
- Topical Sprays
- Transdermal Paste
- Unit Dose
- Tubes with Applicator
- Disposable Applicators
- Vaginal Suppositories
- Veterinary Formulations