Ask George - What is Compounding

Compounding is the art and science of creating personalised medication.

Compounded medications are “made from scratch”, where individual ingredients are mixed together in a laboratory in the exact strength and dosage form as required to fulfill patients’ needs. This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customise the medication to meet your needs.

Before the 1950’s and ‘60s, almost all prescriptions were compounded, but after the advent of mass drug manufacturing this practice rapidly declined. The pharmacists role as a preparer of medication quickly changed to that of a dispenser, and most pharmacists were no longer trained to compound medications. However, the “one-size-fits-all” nature of mass-produced medications mean that some patients’ needs were not being met.

Fortunately compounding has experienced a resurgence as modern technology, innovative techniques and research have allowed pharmacists to once again customise medications to meet specific patient needs.

What is CompoundingAt St Clair Compounding Pharmacy, our trained compounding pharmacist, George, and our laboratory technicians can now personalise medicine for you.

We can accommodate for your requirements, including specific strengths, dosage forms, flavours, allergies and so much more!

We are able to prepare your medication without any of the chemicals that you don’t like, or without ingredients that you’re allergic to (like lactose). So before you decide that nothing is working, or that you just can’t find the satisfaction you require from a readily prepared product, come in and Ask George if there’s anything he can do to help you.

Send your questions to George at, or phone on (08) 9593 0299.


Written by George Salib

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