Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. It practice dates back to the origins of pharmacy, although compounding’s presence in the pharmacy profession has changed over the years. In the 1930’s and 1940’s, the majority of prescriptions were compounded. With the advent of mass drug manufacturing in the 1950’s and 60’s, compounding has declined as the pharmacist’s role as a preparer of medications quickly changed to that of a dispenser of manufactured dosage forms. However, this “one-size-fits-all” approach to medication meant that some patients’ needs were not being met.
Within the last few decades, however, compounding has experienced a renaissance as modern technology and innovative techniques and research have allowed more pharmacists to customize medications to meet a patients’ unique needs.