What is Compounding?

Specialty compounding"com·pound (kom-pound) 1. To mix; combine. 2. To make by combining parts." — Webster's Dictionary

In its simplest sense, compounding is the preparation of medications from "scratch" in the pharmacy's lab. The reasons a pharmacist may compound a medication or a doctor may order a compounded prescription are many and may include dosage adjustment, flavor adjustment, preparation of commercially unavailable dosage forms (ex. capsules, syrups, suspensions, eye drops, ear drops, creams, ointments, injections, suppositories, nasal sprays, lozenges, etc.), avoidance of patient hypersensitivity to additives in commercially available products, simplification of medication administration schedules, and even the preparation of discontinued commercial products.

Pharmaceutical compounding is as old as the pharmacy profession itself and is, in reality, the traditional way that medicines have been prepared for patients. Therefore, it is ironic that the last 50 years have seen the mass production of pharmaceuticals by multi-national companies come to be considered the "traditional" method of medication supply. Meanwhile, the centuries-old art of compounding is now considered by many to be non-traditional.

It is unfortunate that many patients, and even doctors, are unaware that specialty compounding pharmacies are now more active than ever in advancing the art and science of compounding. As members of the Professional Compounding Centers of America, Lorraine's Pharmacy is a part of this "new" science. Through utilization of the very latest in modern compounding techniques, education, supplies, and equipment, Lorraine's Pharmacy has rediscovered the benefits of this age-old profession. At Lorraine's Pharmacy, compounding is really all about options; options for the physician and their patient. It's our role to offer you those options.

If you feel that you or someone you know could benefit from our compounding services and would like more information, please contact one of our knowledgeable pharmacists. We would be more than happy to serve you. As well, using the links on the left side of the page you can browse many of the compounding areas of special interest to us, as well as view unique step-by-step descriptions of dosage form preparation.