Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. Compounded medications are “made from scratch” – individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient. 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.
Pharmacists can personalize medicine for patients who need specific:
* Ingredients excluded from medications due to allergies.
* Dosage forms
Compounding also allows our pharmacy staff to prepare medications that are no longer commercially manufactured. If you are allergic to dyes or preservatives, we can make your medication dye or preservative free.