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What is Compounding?

History of Compounding Pharmacy

Compounding pharmacy has a long and respected history. Up until the twentieth century, all medicines dispensed were compounds.  Pharmacists, or "chemists," would extract active ingredients out of natural products such as the foxglove or poppies. They would then combine the extracts with other powders and liquids to create elixirs or tinctures. 

Eventually drug manufacturers began to manufacture drugs on a much wider scale than pharmacists could do within their pharmacies.  As commercially available medications became more widespread, pharmacists became dispensers of medications. By the end of the 1960's almost all prescriptions dispensed by pharmacists were commercially manufactured. 

During the last twenty years, both patients and physicians have rediscovered the importance of compounding.  Compounded medicines offer innovative solutions to complicated health problems. A compounding pharmacy is able to offer unique options for individual patients. 

Hieber's Pharmacy is proud to be part of the great legacy of compounding pharmacy.  We combine our love for problem-solving with state of the art technology to create unique compounds. 

What is Compounding?

Compounding is the art of combining pure materials to make new medicines that fit each patient's unique health needs. Pharmacists and technicians at Hieber's Pharmacy make a variety of compounds including topical creams, ointments, lotions, oral suspensions, suppositories, capsules, lollipops, injections, eye drops and nasal sprays. In fact, Hieber's offers nearly 50 different ways to administer medications!

Every patient has specific health needs and a commercially available solution may not always be best.  Compounding allows pharmacists to offer innovative, unique solutions for these individual needs.  

At Hieber's, we compound using the finest grade of chemicals and use state-of-the-art equipment.  Through continuous education, we strive to create only the highest quality preparations.  We enjoy problem-solving and we will work with you and your practitioner to maximize your medication therapy outcome. Hieber's Pharmacy has been serving physicians, patients, and pets for over 100 years.

Common reasons to have a prescription compounded:

  • Medicine is not commercially manufactured
  • Medicine is not available in needed dose
  • Patient is nauseous or cannot swallow pills
  • To allow the physician to combine two or more medicines to better treat a condition
  • To bypass gastrointestinal metabolism of the drug through topical creams and ointments
  • Medicine contains an allergen or problem-causing excipient
  • Medicine is backordered either temporarily or permanently
A prescription from a licensed practitioner is required for compounded medications.
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