What is compounding?
Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. Its practice dates back to the origins of pharmacy, although compounding’s presence in the pharmacy profession has changed over the years. In the 1930s and 1940s, the majority of prescriptions were compounded. With the advent of mass drug manufacturing in the 1950s and ‘60s, compounding declined as the pharmacist’s role as a preparer of medications quickly changed to that of a dispenser of manufactured dosage forms. However, this “one-size-fits-all” approach to medication meant that some patients’ needs were not being met.
How does compounding benefit me?
There are several reasons why prescribers and pharmacists provide compounded medications for patients. Many patients are allergic to preservatives or dyes, or require a dosage that is different from the standard drug strengths.
With a physician’s consent, a compounding pharmacist can:
•Adjust the strength of a medication
•Avoid unwanted ingredients, such as dyes, preservative, lactose, gluten, or sugar.
•Add flavor to make the medication more palatable
•Prepare medications using unique delivery systems. For patients who find it difficult to swallow a capsule, a compounding pharmacist may prepare the drug as a flavored liquid suspension instead. Other medication forms include topical gels or creams that can be absorbed through the skin, suppositories, sublingual troches, or even lollipops
Can my child – or my elderly parent – take compounded medication?
Yes! Children and the elderly are often the types of patients who benefit most from compounding. It is common for parents to have a tough time getting their children to take medicine because of the taste. A compounder can work directly with the physician and the patient to select a flavoring agent, such as bubblegum or grape, which provides both an appropriate match for the medication’s properties and the patient’s taste preferences. Just think – no more wasting medicine when a cranky patient spits it out!
Compounders also can help patients who experience chronic pain. For example, some arthritic patients cannot take certain medications due to gastrointestinal side effects. With a healthcare practitioner’s prescription, a compounder may be able to provide these patients’ anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving medications with topical preparations that can be absorbed through the skin. Compounded prescriptions frequently are used to ease pain, nausea, and other symptoms for hospice patients as well
What is PCCA?
PCCA is an independent compounding pharmacy's complete resource for fine chemicals, devices, equipment, training & support
Pain Management Compounding
Anti-Aging / Cosmeceutical Compounding
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Talk to Your Doctor about Compounding
What to ask your prescriber about compounding?
Prescription compounding is a rapidly growing component of many prescribers’ practices. But in today’s world of aggressive marketing by drug manufacturers, some may not realize the extent of compounding’s resurgence in recent years.
A compounding pharmacy can consult with your healthcare provider about ways to personalize a medication to meet your needs.
Through the triad relationship of patient, physician and pharmacist, all three can work together to solve unique medical problems.