Compounding is the Art and Science of Creating Personalized Medications.
Pharmacy compounding is a long established tradition that allows a physician to prescribe a very specific medication, prepared by a pharmacist, for a patient’s individual needs. Years ago, compounded medications provided the majority of prescription drug care for the population.
Today, the vast majority of medications are mass-produced by pharmaceutical drug companies. They aim to treat a specific medical condition for a large segment of people. Problems can arise when a patient has a medical condition that can’t be treated by one of these mass-produced products, or they might be allergic to a dye or filler in a commercial tablet. Patients may not be able to take the medication if the capsule is too large, or the dose is too high, which is common in pediatric cases. Some patients such as those in hospice may not be unable to swallow a medication, so it needs to be compounding into a different delivery system such a transdermal cream, a suppository or an injectable. These are the situations where a compounding pharmacist can play a vital role in helping the physician find an appropriate treatment for their patient.
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