What is compounding?
Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients. Compounded medications are made based on a practitioner’s prescription in which individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient. This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet a patient’s unique needs.
A Little History
At one time, nearly all prescriptions were individually prepared by hand. With the development of big pharma mass drug manufacturing became main stream and in the 1950s and ‘60s, compounding rapidly declined. The pharmacist’s role as a preparer of medications quickly changed to that of a dispenser of manufactured dosage forms, and many pharmacists no longer were trained to compound medications. However, the “one-size-fits-all” nature of our manufactured medications today means that some patients’ needs are not being met. This is where the necessity of community compounding pharmacies comes into play in healthcare.
Unique Medication Deliveries for Your Needs
With the prescriber's authorization, pharmacists can custom-prepare medications in a variety of unique dosage forms, including:
- Oral liquids
- Troches or lollipops
- Topical preparations
- Eye and ear drops
- Nasal sprays
- Pet Meds Too
Custom flavoring is available for most oral medication forms. This is particularly helpful with children. Many medications can even be taken through a flavored lollipop. Infants especially benefit from alternate delivery devices such as pacifiers or baby bottles. These devices allow parents to dispense prescription medicine easily and accurately