What Is Compounding?

The art and science of custom prescription compounding requires experience, knowledge and a state-of-the-art lab.

Why & When To Compound

Most medications today are mass-produced. But what happens when your patient has a medical condition that cannot be met by off-the-shelf, mass-produced medicines? You turn to prescription compounded medication from a pharmacy like ours. The art and science of compounding custom medicines requires experience, knowledge and a sophisticated lab. We have all three.

Pharmaceutical compounding is preparing custom prescription compounds for patients with unique medical needs. There are many factors that can create such a need, including:

  • Discontinued Meds — A pharmaceutical company discontinues a necessary medication.
  • Allergies — A patient’s allergies to a certain component of a manufactured drug may require a specialized medication.
  • Consumable Forms — If the patient cannot ingest a typical commercially available medicine, a compounding pharmacist may prepare the medication in alternative forms such as creams, liquids or gels.
  • Special Dosages — Sometimes a specific dosage strength or delivery form is required due to age, physical limitation or disability (e.g. disabled citizens, infants, young children or pets).
  • Combining Medications — Compounding pharmacists may elect to combine medications to increase compliance.
  • Enhancing Palatability — Compounding pharmacists may suggest adding flavor to make the medicine more palatable.

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