HISTORY OF COMPOUNDING
Compounding is not new. Prescriptions have been compounded since antiquity. From plants, animals, and the earth, early medicines were compounded. This continued, and it progressed from very rudimentary to a more sophisticated practice, until the 1900s. This practice rapidly declined in the 1950’s when drug manufacturers began to mass produce standard preparations. The pharmacist’s role was then shifted to that of someone who no longer prepares compounded items, but dispenses only standard medications.
In the 1970s and 1980s, compounding began an upward climb with the introduction of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, pain management, veterinary compounding. Over the last 20 years, physicians have been appreciating again the benefits of customised medications for their patients. Coupled with modern technology, innovative techniques and research, compounding has become more popular. Today, drug shortages have escalated compounding to a contemporary all-time high. As well over 250 drugs have been in short supply this year and the problem may continue for many years to come. Pharmacy compounding continues to serve and “fill-in-the-gap” during these times of drug shortages.
Here in Australia, ATARA Compounding Pharmacy is also serving a widespread group of doctors and patients to meet their unique needs