What is Pharmacy Compounding?

Millions of Americans have unique health care needs that off-the-shelf prescription medications cannot meet. For them, personalized medication solutions—mixed safely by trained, licensed pharmacists—are the only option to achieve the desired health care outcome. These pharmacists work with physicians, nurse practitioners and veterinarians to create customized medication solutions for patients and animals whose health care needs are not met by manufactured medications.

The Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Supreme Court, Congress and virtually every major association of health care professionals and patient advocates recognize the value of compounding as an integral component of contemporary pharmacy practice. The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) represents more than 2,000 pharmacists and the tens of thousands of patients they serve who are dependent upon these personalized medication solutions.

Who Needs Personalized Medication Solutions?

    ´╗┐Patients who need specialized dosing due to age-related issues (pediatric or geriatric)
    Patients who have:

  •     Multiple health care issues that impact a drug’s absorption or elimination
  •     Allergic reactions to inert ingredients such as binders or dyes in commercially available products
  •     Difficulty absorbing the medication via the traditional delivery process of a commercially available     product, i.e. can’t swallow or are sensitive to topically applied products
  •     Hospitalized patients who need lifesaving intravenous medications
  •     Veterinary patients that range in size from a parakeet to an elephant and everything in between are just a few of the patients who are dependent upon personalized medication solutions.

Who Are These Patients?

    ´╗┐Our family members who at the end of life have special needs to ensure that they are comfortable and given every opportunity to improve their quality of life.
    Our children who need a medication that is only commercially available in an adult dosage form.
    The community of patients with special needs:

  •     Autistic children
  •     Cancer patients
  •     HIV and AIDS patients
  •     Diabetic patients (topical applications for circulation and wound healing)
  •     Patients who need transplant medications
  •     Intravenous therapy patients
  •     Hospitalized and home infusion patients
  •     Patients of medical specialists
  •     Urologists: bladder infections and erectile dysfunction
  •     Endocrinologists: thyroid and hormone replacement
  •     Dermatologists: psoriasis, fungus, wound treatment
  •     Gynecologists: hormone replacement, pre-term pregnancies
  •     Gastroenterologists: hemorrhoids and anal fissures
  •     Veterinary medicines