What is Compounding
Pharmaceutical compounding is the time-honored practice of mixing individual doses of drugs for particular patients. Through compounding, pharmacists are able to supply patients with medications that meet their unique health needs, providing an invaluable service in the age of “one size fits all” formulations mass-produced by pharmaceutical companies.
Before the advent of commercial drug manufacturing in the last century, compounding was synonymous with pharmacy. Compounding pharmacists were the main sources of new drug discovery, providing the foundation for the development and distribution of many of the medications we continue to use today.
In recent years, compounding has become popular once more as drug companies fail to cover the needs of all patients. Physicians prescribe compounded medications so that special-needs patients can receive prescriptions tailored especially to them. Pharmaceutical compounding continues to promote the health of millions of individual patients.