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What is compounding?

Compounding is when a physician orders a medication that is not manufactured or commercially available. A licensed pharmacist combines, mixes, flavors or alters a drug for an individual patients needs.

What are the benefits of Compoundng?

Medications can be individualized to meet specific patient needs. The physician has more flexibility with regard to dosage strength, and the route of administration. Concentrations can be changed or flavoring can be added to mask an unpleasant taste. Changing the route of administration can eliminate side effects, such as gastrointestinal distress. Almost all medications can be compounded with safety and effectiveness. Compounding also has the advantage of providing medication that is acceptable to individual needs. If a patient has arthritis, but cannot take a necessary medication because it causes gastrointestinal problems, our pharmacists can devise a transdermal gel to apply directly to the problem area. Compounding also allows for individual allergies, and can fill the need for discontinued medications that may no longer be available.