Understanding What Sterile Compounding Is All About

Do you know that many medical practitioners these days adopt sterile compounding in their medical practice? No wonder why a sterile compound pharmacy is a promising business nowadays. For those who still don’t know, sterile compounding is a method where medications are customized and created depending on the doctor’s specification and the patient’s need. In addition to that, the procedure is done in a sterile environment so as not to contaminate the medication and maximize the patient’s safety. Workers comprise technicians and pharmacists and they do their work in a sterile area.


Meanwhile, the compounded sterile products can be categorized into three. The first one is the “Low Risk Sterile Compounding”. This is done using aseptic manipulations limiting to the use of sterile devices and sterile product alone. One example for this is a syringe of morphine to be used for a surgery. This is prepared using sterile syringes and needles when the drug was transferred from its manufacturer’s original packaging into a different delivery container to be used in the OR.

The second category of a compound sterile product is the “Medium Risk Sterile Compounding”.  Example for this is the compounded total parenteral nutrition. The end sterile product that was prepared will be used to many patients. It can also be used for just one patient but to be administered in several occasions.

The third category is the “High Risk Sterile Compounding”. It can be an epidural or intrathecal injection made of row drug powders. It can also be a fortified antibiotic ophthalmic eye drop. The difference on this category is that components used are not sterile. However, they are terminally sterilized.

A lot of drug medications can be created using sterile compounding. Among these are Trimix Injections and Quad Mix Injections. The same process can also be employed for glutathione and hormonal injections. This process is also employed in Ophthalmologic drugs, in dermatology and respiratory medicine.

Perhaps you also wonder how the sterile area is maintained. This is through environmental monitoring where microbiology is done. A routines testing is also conducted regarding the pharmacy staff’s sterile technique. A particle count of the sterile area is also done. There are also proper cleaning routines and maintenance done not just on the area but including the instruments used.

With sterile compounding, the patient will always be the recipient of all the benefits. After all, treatment is customized to speed up one’s recovery.