History and Benefits of Compounding
The History of Compounding
Prior to 1950, nearly all prescriptions were compounded. With the advent of mass drug manufacturing in the 1950s and 1960s, compounding rapidly declined. The pharmacist’s role as a preparer of medications quickly changed to that of a dispenser of manufactured dosage forms. In fact, 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.
Fortunately, compounding has experienced a resurgence as modern technology and innovative techniques have allowed more pharmacists to customize medications to meet the specific needs of their patients.
The Benefits of Compounding
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