Medication Compounding

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What is compounding and why do you need it?

Answer

Compounding is a process in which a pharmacist mixes certain drugs to either create a customized medication or a different drug delivery method suited to a patient's unique needs.

These are some examples of why compounding may be done:

  • A medication is no longer being manufactured.

  • A medication needs to be made without certain inactive ingredients such as preservatives, dyes, or binders for a patient who is allergic to these components.

  • A specific dosage strength is unavailable commercially for the patient (for example, for a child or infant).

  • Certain medications need to be combined, by the order of the physician.

  • The medication formulation needs to be changed for a patient's needs, for example, from oral to topical (a cream, ointment, or patch) if a patient has trouble swallowing medication in pill or capsule form.

  • The taste of the medication needs to be improved; this is an option for certain antibiotics often prescribed for young children.

  • The purpose is for veterinary use. This is extremely important in the veterinary community because this group of patients may require a wide variety of flavors, dosage forms, and potency levels that often are commercially unavailable. Many drugs used for humans are also prescribed for animals.

Medication compounding is available at select Walgreens locations. Find a location near you.



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