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Compounding and Wound Care:
"Compounding is the formulation of a personalized medication designed to meet individual patient needs. The process changes the form (powder to liquid), dose, taste or texture of a medication, and/or combines medications. Compounding was a historical part of the pharmacist’s role until large-scale production and commercialization of medications began in the 1950s as a result of increasing regulations. It is now gaining increased popularity, because it meets the growing demand for customization of medications. Podiatry, specialized pain clinics, hospice, oncology, dermatology, dental practices, veterinary medicine and others regularly prescribe compounded formulations to meet patients’ needs.
Compounded wound formulations allow for innovative approaches and can fill the niche when commercial products do not suffice. Prescribed by clinicians and designed and prepared by compounding pharmacists, these formulations consist of one or more medications combined in a carrier or base applied directly to the wound. The advantages of this single-product treatment option include addressing patient quality-of-life concerns, treating underlying impediments to wound healing and providing novel options for challenging wounds."
To continue reading this article about compounding and wound care, "Designer Wound Care: Compounded Topical Formulations," by Elise Rodd and Greg Oksanen click the link below.