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Pharmacy compounding is the customized preparation of a medicine that is not otherwise commercially available. These medications are prescribed by a physician, veterinarian, or other prescribing practitioner, and compounded by a state-licensed pharmacist. A growing number of people and animals have unique health needs that off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all prescription medicines cannot meet. For them, customized medications are the only way to better health.
Pharmacy compounding is a centuries-old, well-regulated and common practice within the pharmacy profession. Over the past 30 years, compounding has evolved into a specialty practice requiring pharmacists and technicians to pursue additional training and continual education to stay current on the latest information and techniques within the practice.