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What is compounding, and why is it necessary?

Compounding is the creation of a pharmaceutical preparation—a drug—by a licensed pharmacist to meet the unique needs of an individual patient (either human or animal) when a commercially available drug does not meet those needs. A patient may not be able to tolerate the commercially available drug, the exact preparation needed may not be commercially available, or a patient may require a drug that is currently in shortage or discontinued.

Following are a few examples of how a compounding pharmacist can customize medications based upon a doctor’s prescription to meet a patient’s needs:

Customize strength or dosage.

Flavor a medication (to make it more palatable for a child or a pet).

Reformulate the drug to exclude an unwanted, nonessential ingredient, such as lactose, gluten, or a dye to which a patient is allergic.

Change the form of the medication for patients who, for example, have difficulty swallowing or experience stomach upset when taking oral medication.

Compounding pharmacists can put drugs into specially flavored liquids, topical creams, transdermal gels, suppositories, or other dosage forms suitable for patients’ unique needs. 

Compounding does not include making copies of commercially available drug products, as this is not allowed by law.

How is pharmaceutical compounding different from drug manufacturing?

Traditional compounding is the preparation of a medication to meet the prescriber’s exact specifications and to be dispensed directly to the patient, pursuant to a valid prescription for that patient. Pharmaceutical compounding is performed or supervised by a pharmacist licensed by a provincial College of Pharmacists. Manufacturing is the mass production of drug products that have been approved by Health Canada. These products are sold to pharmacies, health care practitioners, or others who are authorized under federal and provincial laws to resell them.

What is a compounding pharmacy?

While most pharmacies offer some level of compounding, most compounding is done in pharmacies that have made the investment in equipment and training to do so safely and efficiently. The preparations offered by these compounding pharmacies can be nonsterile (ointments, creams, liquids, or capsules that are used in areas of the body where absolute sterility is not necessary) or sterile (usually intended for the eye, or injection into body tissues or the blood).

Recent changes initiated by National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities of Canada requires that pharmacies engaging in the practice of compounding follow stricter regulations with respect to facilities, equipment, and training of personnel. As a result, we have made additional investment in space, equipment and training to meet those requirements and are therefore equipped to meet the need for prescriptions requiring compounding.

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