Compounding is the creation of a customized pharmaceutical preparation – a drug – by a licensed pharmacist to meet the unique needs of an individual patient when commercially available drugs are not effective or available
In medicine, some patients do not respond to traditional treatment options, and some need medication strengths that are not available or require different dosage forms. Pharmaceutical compounding meets these needs. Compounding is the only situation where physicians and pharmacists can customize an individual product for the specific needs of the patient.
The demand for professional compounding has increased as health care professionals and patients realize that commercially available medications do not meet their needs.
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