Who Prepares Compounded Medications?
Compounded medications are ordered by a licensed physician, veterinarian or other prescriber, and must be mixed in a safe and carefully controlled environment by a licensed personalized medicine pharmacist.
History of Compounding
As the process of combining different agents began in its simplest form before the term compounding ever existed, it is difficult to determine the precise moment of its creation. However, the art of personalized medications can be linked to the origins of pharmacy itself and the first documented chemical processes can be traced as far back as the time of the Egyptians.
The Pharmaceutical Compounding Evolution Over The Years
Originally, it was common practice for physicians to both prescribe and compound a patient’s medication themselves. It was only at the end of the 19th century that a clear distinction emerged between the role of physicians and pharmacists.
In the early 1900’s, the majority of all medications were still the result of personalized medicine. Although the traditional role of the targeted care pharmacist had faded away with the introduction of standardized manufacturing processes for large volumes of medicines from the 1950s, a few pharmacists retained this expertise. Since the 1990s, there has been a renewed demand for pharmaceutical compounding.
Today, the compounding pharmacy industry is experiencing a resurgence as the importance of custom-made medications becomes more prevalent. The demand for individualized prescription medication is on the rise, as drug manufacturers do not always meet the distinct requirements of each patient. As always, individualized care pharmacists are there to provide targeted solutions to their patients’ unique needs.