What Is Compounding?
Compounding is the art and science of creating personalized, custom medications that are tailored to a patient’s specific set of needs. Rather than being mass produced, compounded medications are made with care “from scratch.” Individual ingredients are fused together in the exact strength and dosage form that is required by the patient.
Find out more about compounded medications:
- Compounding is a useful tool in a variety of areas of medicine
- Alternative Medication Forms: Via specific strengths and formats, the science of compounding enables medications to be more effective and also easier to administer
- Compounding Questions?: Here are some answers to FAQ
A Brief History of Compounding
At one time, nearly all prescriptions were compounded. With the onset of mass drug manufacturing during the 1950s and ‘60s, the practice of compounding rapidly declined and the pharmacist’s role in the preparation of medications quickly shifted. Rather than creating customized medicines, pharmacists were simply dispensing mass manufactured dosage forms. At this point, most pharmacists were no longer being trained in the art and science of compounding medications. However, the “one-size-fits-all” approach to medicine means that some patients’ unique needs are not being effectively met.
Innovative Compounding Technology & Techniques Effectively Meet Patient Needs
Fortunately, the practice of compounding has experienced an upswing since modern technology, innovative techniques and research have enabled more pharmacists to customize medications to meet very specific patient needs.
Licensed, trained, Compounding Facility pharmacists can customize medications specifically for patients who need unique:
- Dosage forms
- Ingredients excluded from their medications (due to allergies or other sensitivities)