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Pharmacy Compounding Categories

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Compounding is the act of combining, mixing, or altering ingredients to prepare a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient (paediatric/geriatrics especially). It must be noted that compounded drugs are not FDA-approved.

There are different types of compounded preparations with varying guidelines for each. For more information click here.

Categories of Compounding

As per the United States Pharmacopeia <29>, there are different compounding categories and they are intended to guide compounding operators or technicians when the different forms are prepared. Each of these categories correspond to a separate training required to be undertaken by the operators before they will be allowed to prepare such products.

Categories of Compounding as per USP

Figure 1. Categories of Compounding as per USP <29>.