What is Compounding?
Compounding is the art and science of combining, mixing, or altering ingredients to create a medication tailored to fit the unique needs of an individual patient. Before mass production of medications became widespread, compounding was routine activity among pharmacists and laid the foundation for the profession. Compounding pharmacists work with prescribers to fill a gap in health care through customized solutions for specific patient needs.
It all starts with a problem: the child who can’t swallow pills, the patient with a gluten allergy, a pet who refuses a medication or needs a smaller dose, or the much-needed drug that’s in short supply. For whatever reason, many people or pets aren’t served by mass-produced medications.
That’s where compounding comes in. Your compounding pharmacist is specially trained to create flavored liquids, capsules, topical creams and ointments, transdermal gels, suppositories, and other dosage forms to meet a patients unique needs.
For patients, compounding can be life-changing, even lifesaving. And, it’s highly rewarding for pharmacists and practitioners, helping them solve some of health care’s toughest challenges.