What is compounding

Compounding History

Prior to commencement of mass pharmaceutical manufacturing in the 1950’s, pharmacists were practicing compounding all day, every day. Medicines were made by hand in in the pharmacy and usually made for specific patients and ailments that presented to the pharmacist.

For many years this continued, even after the growth of the pharmaceutical industry (mainly on the back of the mass manufacture of amphetamines, barbituates, the first antibiotics and insulin). Over-time, as more and more medicines begun to be mass manufactured, pharmacists moved away from compounding in favour of patient-counselling.  In fact, the act of making medicines or altering dose forms makes up a minute component of today’s Bachelor of Pharmacy degrees.

Where is compounding useful?

Our compounding pharmacists, working with doctor and patient, can make medicines that are easier on the patient’s system and are more pleasant to take or use. There is a compounding method for everyone.

Allergies – We can provide lactose free, colour free, flavour free, and preservative free medications.

Alternate Delivery Methods – For those unable to swallow oral medications for example.  Combine several medicines into one medication – reduces the number of medications a patient has to take and reduces the cost of medication.

Higher or lower doses or strengths – Supplying the right dose for the right person eliminates the need for patients to take several capsules or cut capsules into pieces.

Minimise strain on the body – Compounding medications into topical creams and gels means that medications can be absorbed transdermally where needed reducing stress on the liver and other internal organs.

Medications to taste – Oral medications can be compounded including flavours of your choice to make medicine pleasant for all ages.

Unavailable medications that work – ACPHARM has the ability to compound formulas for products that are no longer manufactured or are in limited supply.

ACPHARM’s ranges of compounded formulations include:

  • Sterile Injectables
  • Sterile Eye Drops
  • Pain Management
  • Custom Nutrition
  • Formulations for women’s health
  • Formulations for men’s health
  • BHRT
  • Thyroid
  • Podiatry
  • Dermatology
  • Mesotherapy
  • Pain management
  • Ophthalmology
  • Chelation and heavy metal detox
  • Autism
  • Injectables
  • Custom treatment formulations

Practitioners often approach us with an idea

This may be for a discontinued product line that they liked working with, or a product seen overseas, but not made in Australia. Some doctors even have product ideas of their own, but are unsure as to how to implement them.

ACPHARM is able to work with you on new product development, testing, manufacture, registration and marketing.