All about Compounding

Compounding is the art and science of customising/tailoring one or more active pharmaceutical ingredients to fulfill a doctor’s prescription. Physicians prescribe compounded medications when they believe that it is the best medical therapy for the patient.Compounded prescriptions are ideal for any patient requiring unique dosages and/or delivery devices ,which can take the form of transdermal creams/gels, capsules, troches, suppositories and sprays.

Compounding has been part of healthcare since even before the advent of modern medicine and the establishing of pharmacies. It is widely used today in all areas,from hospitals to even nuclear medicine. Since the last decade there has been a resurgence in the art and science of compounding due to advances in technology,quality control and research but more so due to physicians accepting the fact that,’there is no such thing as one size fits all’ when it comes to the human physiology.In every field of medicine specialisation,there are always patients who will not respond to conventional methods of treatment and they might need a lower or higher dose of a certain drug that is not readily available due to mass manufacturing.

Pharmaceutical compounding meets these needs.It provides a win-win situation between physicians,patients and compounding pharmacists to customise/tailor individualised prescriptions for the specific needs of a particular patient.

Is it legal?

As to whether compounding is legal or not,the FDA has stated that compounded prescriptions are both legal and ethical as long as they’re prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner for a specific patient and compounded by a licensed pharmacy.


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