What Is Compounding?
Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients.
Compounded medications are “made from scratch” – individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form specified by the physician.
This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs.
Compounding is fundamental to the profession of pharmacy and was a standard means of providing prescription medications before drugs began to be produced in mass quantities by pharmaceutical manufacturers.
The demand for professional compounding has increased as healthcare professionals and patients realize that the limited number of strengths and dosage forms that are commercially available are unable to meet the unique needs of many patients.
These patients may have a better response to a customized dosage form that is “just what the doctor ordered”.
What Kind of Prescriptions Can Be Compounded?
Almost any kind. Compounded prescriptions are ideal for any patient requiring unique dosages and/or delivery devices.
Compounding applications can include but are not limited to:
- Unique dosage forms containing the ideal dose of medication for each individual.
- Medications in dosage forms that are not commercially available, such as transdermal gels, troches, and lollipops.
- Medications free of problem-causing excipients such as dyes, sugar, lactose, or alcohol.
- Combinations of various compatible medications into a single dosage form for easier administration and improved compliance.
- Medications that are not commercially available.
Specialty Compounding Categories:
- Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
- Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
- Pain Management
- Unavailable Medications
- And Much More