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Compounding

The age-old tradition of compounding lives on at Dartnell’s Pharmacy. The practice of making specific medication has been passed down from the 18th century. It is re-emerging and growing in demand.

Dartnell’s Pharmacy has over the years maintained and improved on the tradition of compounding to meet the changing needs and requirements of the individual.

The way compounding usually works is like this; The doctor prescribes the medication. Dartnell’s Pharmacy then take the necessary ingredients and use them to compound the product, then dispense the medicine to the patient. This practice allows doctors and patients the unique ability to tailor-make medicine from raw materials, natural ingredients, herbal products or drugs into the required dosage. This enables our patients to receive the type of personalised care they deserve.

Why compounding?

Many patients cannot use medicine that is commercially available. This could be because a specific strength is not available, unavailability or discontinuation of a medicine or an allergic reaction or sensitivity to the commercial product due to the preservative, dye or an ingredient within the commercial product. Depending on the circumstances, and always with your doctor’s consent, we can change the strength of a medication, alter its form to make it easier for you to ingest, and/or add flavour to make it more palatable.

We can also prepare the medication using several delivery systems, such as sublingual troches or lozenges, emulsions, creams, suppositories, pessaries, ointments and capsules. Or, for those patients who have difficulty in swallowing capsules, we can make a suspension instead. We prepare medicine that is no longer available on the market as long as the ingredients are available and it is permitted to compound such ingredients.

We focus on meeting special needs. The ultimate goal in preparing any of these customised medications is to help the doctor and patient achieve a more positive therapeutic outcome.

Tradition of Compounding

The practice of preparing medications dates back to the origins of pharmacy; yet, compounding’s presence throughout the pharmacy profession has changed over the years. In the early 19th century, approximately 60 percent of all medications were compounded. Then slowly, over time, with the presence of manufacturing, compounding decreased.

The pharmacist’s role as a preparer of medications quickly changed to that of a dispenser of manufactured medicine. Now doctors and patients are again realising the benefits of preparing customised medications to meet specific individual needs.

Speak to the team at our pharmacies in Caulfield on Glen Huntley Road, and in Mount Eliza and Surrey Hills and about your own needs today.

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