The preparation and supply of a single unit of a product intended for immediate use by a specific consumer. Compounding may provide a solution to the individual's needs, when a medicine is not available, or is unavailable in a form suitable for a particular patient. The reasons why compounding might be needed comprise: different dosage form required, for example liquid form required but only tablets available, ointment required instead of cream; sensitivity/allergy to excipients and preservatives; discontinued or unavailable medicine; different dose or concentration required; different route of administration required; compliance problems, for example palatability. Compounding is also known as extemporaneous dispensing.Cf. extemporaneous dispensing, magistral formula (extemporaneous preparation), officinal formula

Last update: 7 June 2023

Source: PPRI