What Is Compounding?
Compounding is a way for physicians or other healthcare professionals
to order custom medications for their patients.
pharmacist combines the necessary ingredients into the form the doctor has
The medication is then dispensed to the patient following counselling by the pharmacist to the patient on how to use the
prescription safely and effectively.
Compounding is ordered because of
the special needs of the patient. In some cases, the patient might
be allergic to some preservatives or dyes used in brand name medications.
In other cases, the physician wants the patient to have a different
strength than is typically available from the manufacturer.
Sometimes, the physician wants the medicine to be in a form or flavour
that is easier for the patient to take.
Medications can sometimes be
made into a lollipop, gel, patch, lozenge or some other form that is
easier for the patient use. Some patients have side effects that can
be minimized or avoided if the medication is compounded in a different
form than is normally available. For patients with problems
swallowing a pill, a liquid form can sometimes be created.
One of the advantages of compounding is
that it gives the physician flexibility in how to best help their patient.
Compounding is a time-honoured way to serve patients with the kind of
custom care when it comes to their medications.
pharmacist is an important resource in our healthcare system in Canada.