Pharmaceutical compounding is the creation of drugs to meet the unique needs of an individual patient when commercial drugs do not meet their needs. Available commercial drugs are created for everyone so in other words they are not individualized.
Compounding is customizing the medications with a doctor’s prescription to meet the patient’s needs such as adjusting its strength and dosage, making it more palatable for a child, reformulate for an allergy, and change the form of the medication from a solid to a liquid. Medication and drugs can be altered for the patient by compounding them into topical creams, suppositories and other forms that aren’t the typical form.
The unique aspect of compounding is that it’s never replicated like a commercial drug or product.
A compounding pharmacy is a pharmacy that primarily focuses on a smaller portion of patients.