What is Compounding?
Compounding is the ability to prepare unique, unavailable, or more palatable dosage forms of pharmaceuticals. When it comes to medications we don’t believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach like many mass drug manufacturers do. At Noble Pharmacy, we believe that each patient can benefit from a preparation that is tailored for his or her needs. We are able to maximize therapeutic outcomes by compounding medications to your specific strength and dosage form.
In fact, drugs can possess both desired and undesired (adverse) effects. This means that drug concentrations need to span between the minimum effective concentration and the minimum toxic concentration. This drug concentration range is referred to as the therapeutic window. Thus, by tailoring each preparation to your specific needs, we can increase the desired effects while decreasing the adverse effects.
Sterile Vs. Non-Sterile Compounding
The major distinction that separates non-sterile compounding techniques and sterile compounding techniques actually has to do with how the medicine will be administered, rather than how it is compounded. Sterile compounding techniques are used to create customized medications that will be directly injected into the patient. These medications carry a high risk of infection or other medical problems, so they are compounded according to sterile rules and regulations.
Despite the name, non-sterile compounding methods are safe. It refers to the practice of preparing a specific medication for a patient to swallow in pill form, apply as a topical treatment to their skin or insert the medication under their skin. Although this practice is considered to be non-sterile, it is still performed in a closely monitored environment and under the applications of very strict rules and professional guidelines.