At one time, nearly all medications were compounded. With the insurgence of mass drug manufacturing in the 50’s and 60’s compounding rapidly declined. The “one size fits all” nature of many mass-produced medications means that some patients’ needs are not being met. Pharmacy compounding is the art & science of preparing personalized medications for patients, meeting the needs that may not be met by mass produced medication. Compounded medications are made from scratch. Individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required for the patient. Compounding pharmacists work with the prescriber to customize medications to meet patients specific needs making medications more effective and easier to use.