What is Compounding?
Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients. These medications are custom made using individual ingredients that are mixed together in the right strength and dosage for each patient. This process allows the compounding pharmacist to meet the needs of the patient while working with the prescriber to get the medication just right for the patient.
A Brief History of Compounding
With the arrival of mass drug manufacturing in the mid 1900’s, the use of compounding to make medications drastically declined. Unfortunately, this transition greatly affected the role of the pharmacist. By placing them in the role of dispenser rather than a preparer of medications, most pharmacists no longer received the proper training needed to compounded medications. Although not readily acknowledged, a need for compounded medications arose when mass marketed medications did not address a patient’s individual health concerns. It was this need that proved that the “one-size-fits all” approach did not solve the issues that many patients faced with mass marketed medications.
Innovative Compounding Technology & Techniques Meet Patients Needs
Due to the unmet needs of patients though mass market production, compounding has experienced a renewal as modern technology, innovative techniques and research have allowed more pharmacists to customized medications for their patients.
STARx Pharmacy can now personalize medicine for patients who need specific:
- Dosage Forms
- Ingredients excluded from medications due to allergies or other sensitivities