Navigation Links
New Survey Affirms Compounding Pharmacies' Vital Role in Public Health

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most independent community pharmacies offer patients traditional compounding services and, while it accounts for a small portion of their business, the health-enhancing effect for patients can be dramatic, according a new survey released today by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).


"This survey offers fresh evidence that traditional compounding services are a saving grace for patients when mass-produced drugs aren't available or are not appropriate for the patient," said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. "Traditional compounding may just be one of many health services offered by independent community pharmacists, but it is vital to better health for many Americans. Pharmacists will continue to work constructively with Congress and other policymakers to not only help prevent another crisis like the meningitis outbreak, but to also preserve patients' access to customized and safe compounded medications. " 

Pharmacists and other experts consider the cornerstone of traditional pharmacy compounding to be the preparing of customized medications on a patient-by-patient basis in response to the request of a doctor or other prescriber. The practice is most commonly employed when manufactured drugs are not appropriate for a particular patient (such as children or those with allergies) or when mass-produced medicines are not available.

In November 2012, over 400 independent community pharmacists responded to an NCPA survey about traditional pharmacy compounding. According to the survey:

  • 85.5 percent of respondents offer traditional compounding services.
  • Of those pharmacists who compound medications, nearly two-thirds (62 percent) say these medications make up a very small portion of their pharmacy practice (five percent or less).
  • Almost three out of four compounding pharmacists (72 percent) only provide non-sterile medications.
  • Despite the fact that traditional compounding only represents a fraction of their business, 70 percent of pharmacists report participating in ongoing training/educational courses related to compounding techniques. This training is in addition to any continuing education that may be required to sustain one's license as a pharmacist.

"Pharmacists are appalled by the reported actions of the rogue drug manufacturer at the center of the tragic, nationwide meningitis outbreak," Hoey added. "It purported to be a pharmacy, but its actions told another story. It's disappointing that regulators did not act sooner to prevent patient suffering."

The survey also recorded the following accounts of pharmacists to address patient needs through traditional pharmacy compounding:

  • We had a pediatric hospice patient with pulmonary hypertension. We compounded a sildenafil prescription that saved hospice thousands of dollars per month and made the suspension palatable for the child.
  • A local Veterans Affairs hospital was completely out of potassium chloride and morphine injections. Neither of these was available commercially. We saved them with emergency supplies until the manufacturer had them back in stock.
  • We had a pediatric patient with Menkes Syndrome which is 100% fatal. We supplied Copper injection which lengthened the baby's life and reduced discomfort. It also allowed the mother and father time to bond and ultimately say goodbye in their own spiritual way. They could not thank us enough.
  • We have a cystic fibrosis patient who would not be alive today without the compound we make for him.
  • We have a patient who cannot swallow properly so all his medications must be made into liquids. Tablets/Capsules get lodged in his esophagus causing damage. He was suffering prior to us compounding his medications into liquids.
  • We compound medications that are not commercially available that patients often cannot do without. An example is child coming out of a children's hospital in need of heart medications that must be reformulated from an adult's dose to a child's dose.
  • We compound medications for hospice patients who are near death. We provide dosage forms, other than oral, so people can live their last days with less pain and anxiety.
  • I have a patient who is allergic to all dyes, preservatives, corn and gluten. She cannot take most conventional medications due to the fact that they have most of these ingredients in them. I have been able to formulate her medicines into a capsule formulation and ensure that there is nothing she is allergic to in the capsules.
  • We have quite a few patients who are able to be seizure-free because we can compound their medications into age-appropriate doses that are not commercially available.
  • We provide pain relief to paralyzed patients who require special administration of medication not available anywhere on the market.

A copy of the survey is available here.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent an $88.5 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 300,000 individuals, including over 62,000 pharmacists. To learn more go to or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at

SOURCE National Community Pharmacists Association
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Results from the Largest Known Cholesterol Survey Conducted in the U.S. Announced at the American Heart Associations Annual Scientific Sessions
2. Regeneron Named Worlds #1 Biopharmaceutical Employer in Science Magazine Annual Survey
3. New International Survey Reveals Multiple Barriers to an Accurate and Timely Alzheimers Disease Diagnosis
4. ASBM Survey Reveals Key Safety Concern Associated with Biosimilar Naming; Urges Distinct Naming Requirement
5. According to New Survey, Most Men are Not Proactive about Their Health Despite the Desire to Live Long Lives
6. Fenwick & West Life Science Venture Financing Survey Shows Mild Improvement in Valuations Amid Overall Difficult Financing Environment
7. New Survey Reveals How Patients Choose Their Pharmacy; AccentHealth Garners Consumer Insights from the Waiting Room
8. Survey: Hospital Executives Nationwide Facing Operating Room Case Volume Increases, Seeking Greater Efficiency through Healthcare Information Technology (HIT)
9. Heraeus Survey Invites Customers to Share "What they Really Think"
10. Diplomat Specialty Pharmacys 2012 Physician Satisfaction Survey Results Affirm Success of Companys Education & Training Program
11. U.S. End-User Dental Materials Survey Report 2012
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/2/2017)... , Oct. 2, 2017 Halo Labs announces the European ... system called the HORIZON at MIBio 2017 in Cambridge, ... and visible particulate matter in biopharmaceutical samples with unprecedented speed and ... the novel technique Backgrounded Membrane Imaging. ... The HORIZON subvisible particle analysis system ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... 27, 2017  Commended for their devotion to personalized service, ... as number one in the South Florida Business Journal,s 50 ... 5000 yearly list, the national specialty pharmacy has found its ... will soon be honored by SFBJ as the 2017 ... Set to receive his award in October, Bardisa said ...
(Date:9/23/2017)... Pa. , Sept. 22, 2017 Janssen ... a complete response letter from the U.S. Food and ... seeking approval of sirukumab for the treatment of moderately ... letter indicates additional clinical data are needed to further ... moderately to severely active RA. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Talented ... the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," which is ... events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and integrity. , ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field”: ... souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field” is ... Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches a class of ladies at ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... First Healthcare Compliance (FHC), an industry leader ... range of technology and learning solutions at the 68th Annual American Healthcare Association ... held October 14–18, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and ... plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway ... store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( ), one of the ... new design of the shoulder pad. The shoulder pad provides optimal support and ... pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and water that is circulated from ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):