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Pharmaceutical compounding is the process of creating custom medications which aren’t readily available on the market. Years ago, this was the only way pharmacies prepared medications. It was truly an art in which pharmacists had to know the patient well enough to consider any extenuating circumstances in the preparation of their medications.
In recent years, careful preparation has given way to production lines where medications are standardized and the pharmacist simply dispenses the product. While this may be more efficient, it doesn’t allow for alternate dosages or other unique circumstances. Today, new methods of preparing medications have caused a rebirth of compounding. Pharmacists who understand and have been trained in compounding can compound exact dosages specific to a particular patient. Doctors have seen the benefits of compounding in many areas of medicine. People are unique, with different needs and treating him or her individually makes sense.”
Dispensing medication is rarely one-size-fits-all . Compounding allows the pharmacist to treat the individual, considering uniquely their particular situation. Every individual has different needs, and the flexibility to treat him or her individually just makes sense. Compounding also allows a skilled pharmacist to be flexible in the delivery method, often benefiting older people and children. Children who can’t swallow pills can take medications in other forms. Compounding makes the process of health care personal again, which is why we never left it.