What Is Compounding?

  • Personalized medication
  • Medications made from individual ingredients, mixed in the exact strength and dosage form required for a specific patient
  • Compounding allows the pharmacist and physician to work together and customize a medication to meet a patient’s specific need
  • Compounding isn’t a new concept in pharmacy—the art of compounding dates back to the origin of pharmacy. In the 50 & 60’s, mass drug manufacturing took over and changed the landscape of pharmacy. This left certain patients’ needs being unmet.

Benefits of Compounding for Patients

  • Drugs on the market now maybe too strong or too weak for you
  • Hospice patients’ swallowing issue
  • Pediatric patients change from pill form to liquid form
  • Phenergan gel – drug for nausea/vomiting
  • Change form all together—for example, pill to suppository
  • Veterinary compounds—specific for species and can simplify dose form

Benefits of Compounding for the Physician

  • Adherence – a patient may be unable or unwilling to take medication, and compounding can address the why of this with the patient and change to patient needs
  • Adjust strength
  • Remove unwanted ingredients
  • Prepare medication in patient-specific delivery forms.

Who Can We Compound for?

  • Children to elderly patients
  • Veterinary patients

Is Compounding Safe?

  • Compounding has been in the science of pharmacy from the beginning
  • All compounding pharmacies are monitored by their State Boards of Pharmacy, and many are working with a credentialing agency similar to what hospitals use in order to be accredited
  • Gadsden City Pharmacy will start the process in the next few months of being PCAB (Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board) approved

What Types of Prescriptions Can Be Compounded?

  • Any kind!
  • Hormone replacement
  • Hospice
  • Pediatrics
  • Pain Management
  • Medication flavoring
  • Wound Therapy
  • Veterinary