At one time, nearly all prescriptions were compounded. With the advent of mass drug manufacturing in the 1950’s and 60’s, compounding rapidly declined. The pharmacist’s role as a preparer of medications quickly changed to that of a dispenser of manufactured dosage forms, and most pharmacists no longer were trained to compound medications. However, the “one-size-fits-all” nature of many mass-produced medications meant that some patients’ needs were not being met.
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Pharmacy compounding focuses on preparing a personalized medication for a patient based on a doctor’s prescription. Some practical examples of compounding include:
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