L&M Pharmacy is a compounding pharmacy, meaning many pharmaceutical drugs are made on location. Compounding is a practice that is a tradition in pharmacy. Below is an introduction to compounding.
Because every patient is different and has different needs, customized medications are a vital part of quality medical care. No other health care professional has studied chemical compatibilities and can prepare dosage forms. Even when modern scientific technologies have produced new chemical entities, the ability of the pharmacist to combine one or more chemicals into a new preparation or process the existing dosage form into one that is better suited to the patient's needs, has remained the domain of the pharmacist. Compounding of medications by pharmacists is a long-standing and traditional part of pharmacy. The right - if not the obligation - to compound exists under the pharmacy laws of each of the fifty states and is pervasively regulated by the fifty states. States require that pharmacy schools must - as part of their core curriculum - instruct students on the compounding of pharmaceuticals.
Compounding by Definition: The preparation, mixing, assembling, packaging, or labeling of a drug or device as the result of a practitioner, patient, pharmacist relationship in the course of professional practice, or for the purpose of or as an incident to, research, teaching, or chemical analysis and not for sale or dispensing. Compounding also includes the preparation of drugs or devices in anticipation of prescription drug orders based on routine, regularly observed prescribing patterns. A customized medication prepared by a pharmacist according to a doctor's specifications to meet an individual patient need. Pharmacists make medications from scratch using raw chemicals, powders and devices.
For more information on compounding, please visit the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) website.
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