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Pharmaceutical Compounding and Dispensing

Second edition

John F Marriott - Senior Lecturer, Pharmacy Practice, Aston University School of Pharmacy, Keith A Wilson - Head of School , Aston University School of Pharmacy, Christopher A Langley - Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, Aston University School of Pharmacy and Dawn Belcher - Teaching Fellow, Pharmacy Practice, Aston University School of Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Compounding and Dispensing is a comprehensive guide to producing extemporaneous formulations safely and effectively. This is a modern, detailed and practical book on the theory and practice of extemporaneous compounding and dispensing.

The book covers three core sections:

  • the history of compounding
  • pharmaceutical forms and their preparation
  • product formulae.

Pharmacists have been responsible for compounding medicines for centuries. Although most modern medicines are not compounded in a local pharmacy environment, there are still occasions when it is imperative that pharmacists have this knowledge.

Fully revised and updated, this new edition of Pharmaceutical Compounding and Dispensing is an indispensable reference for pharmacy students and practicing pharmacists.

Videos of dispensing procedures can be viewed with the password from the book.

Pharmaceutical Compounding and Dispensing is also available as an eBook.

Part 1 - History of compounding

1. Historical perspective

2. Obsolete dosage forms, equipment and methods of preparation

3. Historical weights and measures

Part 2 - Pharmaceutical forms and their preparation

4. Key formulation skills

5. Extemporaneous dispensing

6. Solutions

7. Suspensions

8. Emulsions

9. Creams

10. Ointments, pastes and gels

11. Suppositories and pessaries

12. Powders and capsules

13. Specialised formulation issues

Part 3 - Product formulae

14. Creams

15. Dusting powders

16. Internal mixtures

17. Liniments, lotions and applications

18. Ointments and pastes

19. Powders

20. Miscellaneous formulae

Appendix 1. Glossary of terms used in formulations

Appendix 2. Abbreviations commonly used in pharmacy

Appendix 3. Changing substance names from British Approved Names to recommended International Non-Proprietary Names

Adobe PDF Sample chapter (580 KB)

February 2011, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

"The book is well received, since there are few textbooks or reference books available devoted specifically to compounding. The authors should be commended for emphasizing the historical content in tandem with the preparation instruction...the book remains a good resource for anyone interested in compounding"

Christine R. Birnie, PhD, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 75(1), Feb 2011

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ISBN 978 0 85369 912 5

Published May 2010

246 x 189mm (304pp)