Whats A Compounding Pharmacy

A little history and overview

Old Style Compounding Pharmacist Peta and Book

The art or the science of compounding medicines can be traced back to the the 16th Century of ancient Egypt, which along with Greece forms the origin of pharmacies and the first recorded evidence of combining chemicals and herbs to create remedies. Until the 19th century it was common for the Physician to prescribe and compound a patient’s medication. Eventually the role between Physicians and Pharmacists evolved and became distinct.During the 20th Century due to the advent of mass drug manufacturing, the need for a compounding pharmacist diminished. There remained a need for compounding pharmacists as drug manufacturers are unable to meet the demand for custom medications and today a resurgence in compounding pharmacies is occurring. Compounding Pharmacies such as Mesas remain to provide customized solutions to our patients individual needs and requirements.

Compounding Benefits

Compounding Pharmacists focus on providing patients with medicines and remedies which are customized to address their unique needs. A patient may require the removal of a single ingredient to prevent an allergic reaction or an exact dosage is required which can not be provided by a drug manufacturer. In some cases such as the elderly or young a medicine may not be available in a form the patient has no difficulty taking. In these cases the medication may need to be applied topically, or taken in syrup or solution form. Or the taste and colour of a medication may be altered to make it more appealing to patients especially children and even animals.

There are the benefits associated with compounding, many of which focus on providing patients with pharmaceutical products that have been customized to fit their own unique needs when standard manufactured drugs fail to do so.

Who Prepares Compounding Prescriptions?

Compounded medications are ordered by a licensed physician, veterinarian or other prescriber, and must be mixed in a safe and carefully controlled environment by a licensed compounding pharmacist. We have 3 licensed and trained PCCARX compounding Pharmacists on staff who can now personalize medicine for patients who need specific,strengths, dosages, flavors and ingredients excluded from medications due to allergies or other sensitivities.

What prescriptions can be compounded

Creams, gels & ointments
Oral solutions & suspensions
Tablets & capsules
Lollipops & lozenges
Animal treats

Compounding Prescription Types

Pain Management
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Our Cleanroom - Class 100 HEPA Certified

Cleanrooms are used in practically every industry where small particles can adversely affect the manufacturing process. A cleanroom is any given contained space where provisions are made to reduce particulate contamination and control other environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity and pressure.

The key component is the High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter that is used to trap particles that are 0.3 micron and larger in size. All of the air delivered to a cleanroom passes through HEPA filters, and in some cases where stringent cleanliness performance is necessary, Ultra Low Particulate Air (ULPA) filters are used.

Pharmacists who work in our Class 100 certified cleanroom undergo extensive training in contamination control theory. They enter and exit the cleanroom through a gowning room, and they must wear smocks, head covers, and booties. A Class 100 cleanroom is designed to never allow more than 100 particles (0.5 microns or larger) per cubic foot of air.