What Is Compounding

What Is Compounding 2017-05-10T21:06:42+00:00

Compounding… A Precise and Careful Process

Until the 20th century, all pharmacies were compounding pharmacies, meaning they combined one or more active ingredients into a customized treatment for an individual patient’s needs. Today, very few pharmacies provide this type of personalized service.

Pet Health Pharmacy is a compounding pharmacy dedicated to providing high quality medications. As a compounding pharmacy, we formulate combinations of pharmaceutical grade ingredients, as prescribed by a veterinarian, into specific dosage forms such as capsules, liquids, creams, gels, suppositories and other forms.

Benefits of working with a compounding pharmacy include:

  • Veterinarians can prescribe medication specific to their patient’s individual needs instead of only having access to standardized, commercially available dosages, strengths and forms.

  • Patients may be less likely to experience side effects if their prescriptions can be tailored to their specific needs.

  • Veterinarians can more easily fine tune or modify the dose or prescription as a patient’s needs change.

  • Compounded prescriptions can be customized to different formulations that may be more efficient or easier to administer. For example, if a patient has difficulty swallowing pills, the compounding pharmacist may be able to formulate the medication as a cream or gel.

  • Prescriptions may be compounded for sensitive patients.

  • Flavoring can be added to make drops and liquids more palatable, if desired.

Compounding pharmacies (and pharmacists) adhere to standards and regulations set by the U.S. Pharmacopeia, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and State Boards of Pharmacy for quality assurance and accuracy. Pet Health Pharmacy is meticulous in meeting the industry’s highest quality standards of compounded medications.