Pharmacy compounding is the scientific art of preparing personalized medicine for patients by mixing individual ingredients together in the exact strength and dosage required by the prescription. This method allows the compounding pharmacists to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs.
All prescriptions are compounded in PeopleFirst Pharmacy's state-of-the-art, non-sterile facility located near Dallas, Texas. PeopleFirst's facility exceeds all 795 United States Pharmacopeia federal mandates and is fully equipped with the finest lab equipment on the market. All of our formulations are compounded using chemicals from GMP certified FDA regulated facilities, and the completed products are sent to an independent third-party company for quality testing. We have a certificate of analysis on file for every chemical that enters our facility.
Did You Know?
When pharmacies and apothecaries first started, nearly all medications were compounded. With the advent of mass drug manufacturing in the 1950s and 1960s, compounding started to decline more and more. The pharmacist’s role as a creator of medications quickly changed to that of a "pill counter" and most pharmacists were no longer 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. Compounding pharmacies across the world still exist today and are a necessity in healthcare.
Some common scenarios requiring compounded medications:
- When a child needs a dose smaller than the manufactured dose
- When a patient is allergic to or cannot tolerate a component of a manufactured medicine
- When a medication has been discontinued
- When a route of administration needs to be altered due to nausea or some other ailment
- When a patient needs a stronger dose of medication than is commercially available
- When a pet won't take their medication no matter how you try to give it
Compounding enables doctors and pharmacists to meet the specific needs of every individual patient. One of its most important benefits is to those patients who have difficulties with commercially available medication. With the doctor's permission, pharmacists can personalized medications in a variety of unique dosage forms, including:
- Creams, Gels and Ointments
- Solutions and Suspensions
- Lollipops, Gummies, Mini Troches and Troches (Lozenges)
- Effervescent Powders for liquids
- Suppositories and Rectal Rockets
- Lip Balms and Medication Sticks
Compounded prescriptions represent the future of personalized medicine. In the practice of compounding, the pharmacist, as directed by the physician, customizes medications for individual patients by mixing raw ingredients. At PeopleFirst Pharmacy, we are able to customize the strengths and dosage forms of a medication. This makes it easier for a patient to take their medication and thus improves adherence.