What is Compounding ?

Compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients in which a licensed pharmacist combines, mixes or alters ingredients of a drug to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient.

Why are compounded drugs more suitable for some patients?

That's because compounded medications are made based on a practitioner's prescription in which individual ingredients are mixed together in exact strength and dosage form required by the patient. Also, sometimes manufactured drugs cannot meet a patient’s specific health requirements.

For instance:

In case a patient has got an allergic reaction from a certain ingredient of a drug (dye, flavor, substance…).

An infant or older person who finds difficulty swallowing a pill and needs medicine in liquid form.

A child or baby who can only tolerate a small dose, in liquid form, of a drug, that can only be made available through compounding, and otherwise only found as adult-dosage tablets.

Why compounding??

  • Compounding makes medication that have been Discontinued or are in Short supply
  • Compounding makes medication Allergy-Friendly
  • Compounding makes medication Easier to Use
  • Compounding creates the strength, concentration, or dosage form that is needed for a specific patient and not commercially available
  • Compounding adds flavored additives in liquid drugs for children, usually so that the medication tastes like candy or fruit
  • Compounding provides specific drugs for patients who Abnormally absorb or excrete medications