A compound pharmacist is one that specializes in mixing prescriptions with specific dosages, flavors, or supplements for special needs patients. This gives the patient a specialized medicine for a one-of-a kind solution. A veterinary pharmacist, one that specializes in animal medicines, is also adept at this type of work. If you are considering pursuing a career in compounding, this guide will get you started on the right path.
Get the Education:
- Take all undergraduate work needed to make your resume attractive to pharmacy programs. Your college advisor is a good place to start researching what courses are needed.
- Get accepted into an accredited pharmacy program. There are 2 to 4 year programs available with different degrees. Do your research and decide which you would like to pursue. Compounding classes are taught in pharmacy school and every pharmacist should have these basic skills in order to graduate and become licensed.
Get the Accreditation:
- Pass the tests to become a licensed pharmacist.
- In a chain pharmacy only 1-3% of the prescriptions are compounded, so if you are interested in becoming a compound pharmacist or a veterinary pharmacist you will need specific training.
- Obtain a position in a pharmacy that is a member of the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB), a voluntary program aimed at ensuring the safety of compounded medications.
- Maintain the high standards in the compounding process required by the PCAB.
Become a compound pharmacist by first getting the education required and then getting the training and accreditation needed to maintain the highest standards of compounding. Remember: you are seeking a career that requires the utmost care. The medications you will be compounding are those that people and animals depend on to maintain their quality of life.