Compounding is at the very root of pharmacy practice. According to the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), “Compounding is a long-standing pharmacy practice that allows doctors to treat their patients’ individual needs without being restricted only to off-the-shelf medicines.”
At its core, compounding is problem solving. Whether the patient is a child who can’t swallow the tablet form of a heart medication, or a post-menopausal patient who has struggled to stop hot flashes, or a St. Bernard with seizures – compounding brings a realm of possibilities.
Some examples of dosage forms that can be compounded: oral suspensions, topical/transdermal creams and gels, vaginal suppositories, rectal suppositories, oral capsules, lollipops, vaginal creams/gels, oral solutions, douche powders, nail solutions, additive-free formulas for gluten and allergy sensitivities.