Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness.

This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. And PenCol Specialty Pharmacy is here to help.

Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative options.

Confusion often exists between palliative care and hospice care, despite their different end goals. Palliative care does not have a specific deadline and focuses on relieving pain and suffering as much as possible. Due to this objective, compounding medicine is a natural fit for palliative care and can assist with personalized pain relief.

Palliative care focuses on symptom relief, and there is a chance that the patient will live longer or overcome the disease entirely. Due to palliative care’s objective of caring for a patient’s individual symptoms for a long-term period, the use of a compounding pharmacy is appropriate.

The use of compounded medications in palliative care is beneficial because this type of medicine is specialized to an individual patient’s care. Compounding medicine can address a specific patient’s relief needs and care plans and make the caregiver’s job more efficient. While hospice medication only focuses on short-term relief, compounded medicine focuses on long-term care and assumes that the patient will live longer or recover one day.

Patients, young or old, with chronic illness or nearing the end of life can have improved quality of life utilizing PenCol Specialty Pharmacy’s skilled pharmacists’ expertise in compounding preparations for the following common problems:


• Shortness of Breath

• Nausea and Vomiting

• Anxiety and Depression

• Constipation or Diarrhea

• Ulcers and Wounds

• Pain Management

• Difficulty Swallowing

• Thrush

• Seizures

• Feeding tube use

• Dry Mouth or Excess Saliva

• Radiation Burns

Some of the compounded medications used in palliative care to address symptoms can come in the form of:

• Extended-release capsules

• Injectables

• Rapid-dissolve tablets

• Topical medications

• Oral rinses

• Troches

• Suppositories

• Transdermal gels

• Lollipops

While palliative care generally improves a patient’s quality of life in a more efficient manner than regular care, it still faces the stigma and association with hospices and the inevitability of death. The use of compounding medicine to assist in customized relief can help in bringing focus to the patient’s long-term care and creating greater contrast between palliative and hospice care.