What is Pharmaceutical Compounding?
Pharmaceutical Compounding is the creation of a pharmaceutical preparation, product or a drug by a licensed compounding pharmacist done in a compounding pharmacy, combining or processing appropriate ingredients using various tools to meet the unique needs of an individual patient when a commercially available drug does not meet those needs.post from AbsoluteRX.com
What are the reasons a medication is compounded?
This may be done for medically necessary reasons and for more optional reasons such as:
To change the form of the medication from an oral solid pill to an oral liquid dosage for patients who experience stomach upset when taking oral medication or for those who have difficulty swallowing.
To reformulate the drug so as to avoid or exclude an unwanted or a non-essential ingredient that the patient is allergic to (such as lactose, gluten or dye).
To customize the strength or dosage of the medication so as to obtain the exact doses(s) needed.
To flavour the medication so as to make it more palatable for a child (altering taste or texture).
How is pharmaceutical compounding different from drug manufacturing?
Pharmaceutical compounding is the process of preparation of a medication to meet the prescriber’s exact specifications performed or supervised by a pharmacist licensed by a state board of pharmacy and to be dispensed directly to the patient, pursuant to a valid prescription for that patient.
Drug manufacturing is the mass production of drug products that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are sold to pharmacies, health care practitioners, or those who are authorized under state and federal law to resell them.
Does a compounding pharmacist have special training?
Compounding is considered as a central activity in the practice of pharmacy. Pharmacists are taught in pharmacy schools how to properly compound medications with utmost care. And many states conduct tests as an assessment intended to measure the pharmacists’ compounding knowledge and skills before issuing them a license. Pharmacists who practice in pharmacies that specialize in compounding services have generally took advanced training in compounding after they graduated from pharmacy school.