Editors: John F Marriott, Keith A Wilson, Christopher A Langley, Dawn Belcher

Publisher: ‎Pharmaceutical Press


Pharmacists or their pharmaceutical equivalents have been responsible for compounding medicines for cen-turies. Recently this role has been challenged in the pharmaceutical literature with suggestions and recommendations that it is inappropriate for the pharmaceutical practitioner to compound medicines in a local pharmacy environment. Notwithstanding this valid debate, it is clear that a vast array of skills and knowledge with regard to medicines’ compounding has been accrued and refined, certainly over the last two centuries. 


This text has been designed with a number of functions in mind -

  • to be aware of some of the historical pathways that have led to the present technological position of pharmacists. 
  • to allow students and practitioners to be able to examine either all or part of the subsequent chapters in order to familiarise themselves with the compounding techniques necessary to produce products of appropriate quality and efficacy.
  • to design and implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) pertinent to certain sectors of professional practice today.


Table of Contents of Pharmaceutical Compounding and Dispensing

Part-1: History of compounding

Part-2: Pharmaceutical forms and their preparation

  • Key formulation skills
  • Extemporaneous dispensing
  • Solutions
  • Suspensions
  • Emulsions
  • Creams
  • Ointments, Pastes and Gels
  • Suppositories
  • Powders and Capsules
  • Specialised Formulation Issues

Part-3: Product Formula

  • Creams
  • Dusting Powders
  • Internal Mixtures
  • Liniments
  • Ointments
  • Pastes and Gels
  • Miscellaneous formula


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