What Is Compounding?

What is Pharmacy Compounding?

Pharmacy compounding is the practice of customizing medication formulations to meet the unique needs of individual patients. Compounding pharmacists work closely with prescribers to create customized formulations that are not available commercially or to modify existing medications to meet the specific needs of their patients.

The process of pharmacy compounding involves combining, mixing, or altering ingredients to create a unique medical preparation or drug by a licensed pharmacist. This process requires specialized knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure the quality, safety, and effectiveness of the final product.

There are many different dosage forms that can be created through pharmacy compounding, including troches or lozenges, lollipops, transdermal creams, capsules, tablets, suppositories, liquid solutions, and suspensions. These unique dosage forms can be especially beneficial for patients who have difficulty swallowing pills, have allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients, or require specific dosages that are not available commercially.

For example, a patient who has difficulty swallowing pills may benefit from a compounded medication in a liquid or transdermal cream form. A patient with a sensitivity to a specific ingredient, such as a filler, sugar, or dye, may require a customized medication that does not contain these ingredients.

In addition, pharmacy compounding can be useful for patients who require a specific dosage strength that is not commercially available, such as a low-dose medication for a pediatric patient or a high-dose medication for an adult patient.


Compounded medications can also be used to treat a variety of conditions, involving the following :

Bioidentical hormone therapy for men and women

· Adrenal or thyroid hormonal therapy

· Pain management

· Pediatrics

· Podiatry

· Dermatological conditions

· Sports medicine

· Wound care

· Veterinary

· Nutritional supplements

· And more


Our pharmacists expertly consider

– Physical and chemical properties of the medications, including active ingredients, excipient, solubility, viscosity, and tonicity

– Ideal dose to meet each patient’s needs

– The most appropriate dosage form or device for medication administration

– Standard Operating Procedures, including the necessary potency testing

In summary, pharmacy compounding is a valuable practice that allows pharmacists to create customized medications that meet the unique needs of individual patients. Through this process, patients can receive the specific medication formulations and dosages they require to manage their health conditions effectively.

Call our pharmacy and let us put years of compounding experience to use to make your unique compounding preparations.


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