Compounding can be described as the function where two or more items are added together to create a combination of parts, ingredients or elements.
Pharmaceutical compounding is therefor the process of combining basic raw materials or ingredients to formulate a specific item or product. This process is undertaken under the watchful supervision of a pharmacist or a practitioner and has formed part of the Pharmaceutical scope of practice since the origin of the profession.
Compounding pharmacies specialise in producing medical preparations and formulations that are not generally available in the mass production market, but rather patient specific as per doctor’s requirements.
Individualised products promote the holistic healthcare approach that many integrative practitioners are focussed on today. Compounding has experienced a resurgence, largely because of advances in technology and research methodology.