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What is Compounding and Compounded Medications?

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What is Compounding?
"Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients. Compounded medications are "made from scratch" - individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient. This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient's specific needs."
 

 
Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA)
What is Compounding?
"Millions of patients have unique health needs that off-the-shelf, manufactured medications cannot meet. For these patients, personalized medication solutions - prescribed by licensed practitioners and prepared by trained, licensed pharmacists - are the only way to better health."
 

 
International Academy Of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP)
What Are Compounding Pharmacies?
"The traditional role of compounding pharmacies is to make drugs prescribed by doctors for specific patients with needs that can't be met by commercially available drugs, says Linda D. Bentley, JD, chair of the FDA practice group at the Boston offices of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo P.C."
 

 
WebMD
Despite Risks, Compounded Meds Fill Key Void
""At some point in your life," says LIUNA General Secretary Treasurer and LHSFNA Labor Co-Chairman Armand E. Sabitoni, "your health care provider may write you a prescription for a compounded drug. Although these made-to-order medications are specially formulated for you, they are not subject to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Instead, oversight is through the pharmacy board in the state where the compounded medication is prepared.""
 

 
Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
Compounding pharmacies: A costly challenge
"By the beginning of recorded history, pharmacists were already recognized as specialists in the work of preparing medicines. The mortar and pestle, even today the iconic symbol of the pharmacist, comes from this traditional work of carefully preparing medicines in all their various forms.
 
While pharmacists have come a long way from their ancient roots, there is still sometimes a continuing need for the pharmacist's earliest skill set. Today, in addition to their many other responsibilities, pharmacists sometimes formulate customized medicines (not available from a manufacturer). We call this pharmacy compounding."
 

 
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