You may have seen or heard the word “compounding” at your local pharmacy but have you ever wondered what it meant?
The World’s Oldest Profession?
Pharmacy isn’t the oldest, but it’s one of the world’s oldest professions. In fact, its roots go back 4000 years, almost to the beginnings of civilization. Pharmaceutical compounding has been around even longer. Primitive hunters and gathers knew all about medicinal plants, animals, and minerals and made medicines to treat almost any sickness or injury.
From Coal Tar to Medicine
The modern science of compounding originated almost by accident during the 1800’s when the search for synthetic dyes for the textile industry led to the discovery of various compounds in coal tar. Some of those compounds became the earliest antibacterial sulfa drugs.
During the 1800’s, pharmacists specialized in creating extracts and making crude drugs like opium from natural products like plants. Eventually they isolated and refined the active ingredients like morphine in crude drugs and the modern pharmaceutical industry was born.
Up until the early 1950’s most prescriptions were compounded or mixed from basic chemical ingredients by pharmacists. Then, the large pharmaceutical companies took over and started to manufacture most of the medicines dispensed by pharmacists. Community pharmacists with compounding experience are now a lot less common than they once were.
There are many situations when a custom compound is either preferable to a mass produced product or there is no other option:
Medicine Shoppe Crowfoot is a compounding pharmacy. If you have special pharmaceutical needs, visit or call them today.
Written by Randy Howden. Visit me on Google+
The Medicine ShoppePharmacy #260#11, 600 Crowfoot Cres. NW
Calgary, AB T3G 0B4
Monday - Friday: 8:00am to 6:00pmSaturday: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Our store is closedSundays and Holidays.
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