Compounding of medications is the pharmaceutical art of using individual ingredients and combining them into a finished dosage form. Before the advent of modern drug companies, most medicines were compounded this way from ingredients in a pharmacist's laboratory. Many pharmacists or "apothecaries" of yore grew their own herb garden to obtain the active ingredients needed. In the 1930's and 1940's, approximately 60% of all medications were compounded. As commercial drug manufacturing companies evolved in sophistication and economic power, pre-made medicines in standardized strengths have become the norm. Although sometimes, the “standard medicines” do not meet the needs of all patients. This is why Stark Pharmacy works with physicians to determine individual needs in order to formulate a safe and effective compounded therapy for our patients.
Our compounding pharmacy has the specialized skills and modern sterile laboratories required to formulate medicines in the exact doses and combinations needed for customized medical treatment.
Because we are committed to compounding the safest and most effective medicines, we take these steps: