What exactly is compounding?
It is the practice of mixing raw ingredients to prepare medications. Compounding can only be done by a licensed pharmacist.
Isn’t compounding something that all pharmacists did in the past?
Yes! It used to be routine for pharmacists to compound all medications. However, in the 1950’s, when pharmaceutical companies began mass producing drugs, pharmacists no longer needed to compound most medications and compounding became less utilized.
Why do we need compounding pharmacies now?
We are currently experiencing a need again for compounding pharmacies and pharmacists. There are many patients who have unique medication needs that are not being met by pharmaceutical companies. Compounding pharmacists can customize medications for those patients. They have the flexibility and options that pharmaceutical companies do not.