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What is Compounding?

  • Compounding
  • What is Compounding?

Compounded medications are prescribed when a specific drug is needed in a strength or form that is not commercially manufactured. Pharmaceutical compounding is the art and science of customizing medications for individual patients. These compounded medications require specialized training, chemicals and equipment that are not available at most pharmacies.

The benefits of compounding include:

  • Treatment options for patients allergic to particular dyes, binders or preservatives in manufactured medications.
  • Dosage forms that are not commercially available, such as creams, gels, troches, suppositories, suspensions, gummies and lollipops.
  • Customized dosage strengths for unique needs, children or pets.

For example, medications commercially available in tablets can be compounded into creams or suspensions for a patient that cannot swallow pills or needs to avoid GI related side effects. Medications for children can be compounded with flavor additives to improve taste or even into gummies or lollipops.

The following types of prescriptions can be compounded:

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Pediatrics
  • Pain Management
  • Dermatology
  • Veterinary
  • Medication Flavoring
  • Sports Medicine
  • Many More!

Compounding is regulated by the State Boards of Pharmacy just like non-compounding pharmacies. Our pharmacy must comply with these regulations. Additionally, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), specifically USP 795, sets forth standards for non-sterile compounding that are integrated into and exceeded by our pharmacy practice.