What is it?

Typically, compounding involves the combining of components, processing them, and packaging and labeling them to form a unique preparation needed by an individual patient.

What types of compounding are there?

Compounding is usually categorized as non-sterile, sterile, and veterinary. A subset of the sterile category includes radiopharmaceuticals. Each category of compounding requires its own body of knowledge, specialized equipment/apparatus, policies and procedures, and components, containers, and labels.

What levels of compounding are there?

Chapter 1075 of the USP lists seven levels/categories of compounding ranging from the more simple preparations to the very complicated/complex preparations. Knowledge, training, competency, and experience as well as equipment, apparatus, and facilities are factors pharmacists consider when determining what level of compounding they will incorporate into their practice.

Why do pharmacists compound?

Pharmacists compound individualized, customized preparations for patients when manufactured products have not or will not serve the patient's needs. The overall goal of compounding is to improve patients' quality of life.

Do all pharmacists compound?

Even though all pharmacists who have graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy have received training in compounding, not all pharmacists compound, because they are not organized, equipped, and prepared to compound.

How can my patient find a compounding pharmacist?

The best national resource of information is the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, which has a website at

Locally, you may email Charlie May,

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