What is Compounding?
Compounding is the preparation, mixing, assembling, altering, packaging and labeling of a drug, drug delivery device or device in accordance with a licensed practitioner’s prescription, medication order or initiative based on the practitioner-patient-pharmacist-compounder relationship in the course of professional practice.” — United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) 795.
Compounding is necessary when a patient cannot tolerate a commercially available drug, the exact preparation needed is not commercially available or a patient requires a drug that is discontinued or in shortage.
Compounding pharmacists can:
- Customize the strength or dosage
- Reformulate the drug to exclude an unwanted, nonessential ingredient such as lactose, gluten or a dye to which a patient is allergic
- Flavor a medication to make it more palatable (especially beneficial for children or pets)
- Change the form of the medicine for patients who may have difficulty swallowing or experience stomach upset when taking oral medications
We work with you and your healthcare provider to meet your special needs.
We can custom prepare medications in unique dosage forms, such as:
- Oral liquids
- Topical preparations
Compounding applications can include:
- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
- Pain management
- Medication flavoring
- Wound therapy