I have often found myself in social situations where I am meeting new people and conversations lead to something like, “and what do you do for a living?” I say, with an element of pride in my voice, “I’m a compounding pharmacist.” Well…people usually get the “pharmacist” part, envisioning their local pharmacy and the person behind the counter in a white jacket with the name of the pharmacy embroidered above the jacket pocket intensely looking down at a computer keyboard and screen or talking on the phone or counseling a patient.  It’s the “compounding” part that usually produces a quizzical expression that begs for further explanation.  So I have come up with the following metaphor.  It’s like cooking, I explain.  You start with a recipe, assemble and measure out the ingredients and put them together in just the right manner to produce a delectable dish.

Compounding is no different.  You start with a recipe (formula), assemble and measure the ingredients (active ingredient, other chemicals, flavoring agents, stabilizers, preservatives, etc.) and mix them in just the right sequence to produce the final product.  In this You start with a recipe, assemble and measure out the ingredients and put them together in just the right manner to produce a delectable dish., a product not available except through a compounding pharmacy.

Be Well! - Bill

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