A compounded medication refers to a custom-made medication that is specifically prepared by a licensed pharmacist, physician, or other qualified healthcare professional for an individual patient's unique medical needs. Compounding involves combining, mixing, or altering ingredients to create a medication that is not commercially available or is not suitable for the patient through standard commercially manufactured drugs.
Compounded medications are often necessary when:
1. The patient has allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients found in commercially available medications.
2. The patient requires a specific dosage or strength that is not available in standard medications.
3. The patient needs a medication in a different form (e.g., liquid, cream, suppository) for easier administration.
4. The patient is unable to take a commercially available medication due to swallowing difficulties or other medical issues.
5. The patient requires a medication that is not currently produced by pharmaceutical companies.
Compounding pharmacies adhere to strict guidelines and regulations to ensure the safety, efficacy, and quality of the compounded medications they prepare. Compounding should only be performed by trained professionals in a controlled and sterile environment to prevent contamination and ensure accurate dosing.