Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients. Compounded medications are made based on a practitioners 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 the patient’s specific needs.
A Brief History of Compounding
At one time, nearly all prescriptions were compounded. With the advent of mass drug manufacturing 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 most pharmacists no longer were trained to compound medications. However, the “one-size-fits-all” nature of many mass-produced medications meant that some patients’ needs were not being met.
Innovative Compounding Technology & Techniques Meet Patient Needs
Fortunately, compounding has experienced a resurgence as modern technology and innovative techniques and research have allowed more pharmacists to customize medications to meet specific patient needs.
Trained, PCCA member pharmacists can now personalize medicine for patients who need specific:
- Dosage forms
- Ingredients excluded from medications due to allergies or other sensitivities
Veterinary Compounding Too!
Veterinary compounding is a growing area of practice within pharmacy compounding, in which specialized pharmacists prepare customized medications for patients, by prescription order, when a practitioner determines that an off-the-shelf medication is not appropriate for the patient. Compounded therapies for animals, whether pets, working animals or exotics, are prepared in a wide array of customized dosages and dosage forms including topical sprays, oral medications, transdermal gels and creams.
Once therapy is begun, the compounding pharmacist will continue to work with a patient and prescriber/veterinarian to make sure the specialized preparations are working correctly, adjusting the dosage if necessary for the unique needs of the individual patient.