McKenzies Compounding has been engaged in the art of complex pharmaceutical compounding for 7 years now. It is one of the first pharmacies in Western Australia to offer this service. Our compounding Pharmacists have over 75 years of collaborative pharmaceutical experience. All our pharmacists have received extensive training in pharmaceutical compounding and regularly keep up to date with latest developments by attending medical conferences and seminars within Australia and Overseas.
Mckenzies Compounding is a member of the Professional Compounding Chemists of Australia (PCCA), who provide us with a wide range of raw materials, equipment and devices. We source our raw materials from all around the world from reputable pharmaceutical manufacturers. All our raw materials are of the highest grades which go through stringent batch testing.
Our laboratory is separate from the main pharmacy area, to prevent any cross contamination. The laboratory is equipped with the most advanced and comprehensive range of equipment and currently have the facilities to compound a wide range of products for a variety of patient needs.
Compounding is a practice in pharmacy that specializes in creating medicines from scratch by mixing various ingredients together. Before mass production of medications became normal, compounding was a routine activity among pharmacists. Community pharmacists who have experience with compounding techniques are now less common. Today, barely 1% of all drugs prescribed to patients are compounded. However, the number of compounding pharmacies has been undergoing resurgence recently. History of Compounding
Compounding in the 1800s
The art of pharmaceutical compounding has ancient roots. Hunter-gatherer societies had some knowledge of the medicinal properties of the animals, plants, molds, fungus and bacteria as well as inorganic minerals within their environment. Ancient civilizations utilized pharmaceutical compounding for religion, grooming, keeping the healthy well, treating the ill and preparing the dead. These ancient compounders produced the first oils from plants and animals. They discovered poisons and the antidotes. They made ointments for wounded patients as well as perfumes for customers.
The modern age of pharmacy compounding began in the 19th century with the isolation of various compounds from coal tar for the purpose of producing synthetic dyes. During the 1800s, pharmacists specialized in the raising, preparation and compounding of crude drugs. Crude drugs, like opium, are from natural sources and usually contain multiple chemical compounds. The compounding pharmacist often extracted these crude drugs using water or alcohol to form extracts, concoctions and decoctions.
With the isolation of medications from the “raw materials” or crude drugs came the birth of the modern pharmaceutical company. Pharmacists were trained to compound the preparations made by the drug companies, but they were unable to do it efficiently on a small scale. So economies of scale, not lack of skill or knowledge, produced a market for the modern pharmaceutical drug companies.
The Modern Compounding Pharmacy
Today, compounding pharmacists still supply customized drugs to patients whose needs are not met by commercially available drugs. However, they compose only the minority. Things are expected to change though as movements to provide tailored medications to patients with unusual needs veer towards compounding pharmacy.
Compounding pharmacies are the only sources of unique drug preparations that are needed by patients with special pharmaceutical needs. When a patient’s treatment depends on a change of dosage, requires different drug formulation and alternative mode of administration, needs a drug that was discontinued years ago, the only ones who can truly provide special formulations are the compounding pharmacies.
Compounding pharmacies are also called on to provide medications for patients who have sensitivities to available drugs and for those who need alternative flavors.