When a commercial-made drug doesn’t meet a patient’s needs—maybe the patient needs a customized dosage, or a topical application rather than oral—a compounding pharmacy can help. Compounding pharmacies use a doctor’s prescription to create customized medications. There are two types of compounding: sterile compounding or non-sterile compounding. 

If you are filling prescriptions at a compounding pharmacy, it is important and helpful to know the difference between these two types of compounding. This knowledge will help you better understand the compounding process and how to properly use your own medications.

What is the Difference Between Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding?

Why are certain compounded medications required to be sterile, and not others? The main issue is how the medication will be administered. 

Sterile compounding is used when there is a high risk of infection, such as drugs given as an injection, through an IV, or directly into the eyes. Medications like these need to be carefully prepared in a separate sterile room. These methods of application come with a high risk for causing infection, so every precaution must be taken to remove any bacteria during the compounding process.

Non-sterile compounding is the most common, and while these drugs are not prepared in an entirely sterile room, they are created with high standards and strict guidelines. The process ensures ingredient purity and accurate mixing, packaging, and labeling. The equipment is sanitized, and all surfaces and materials are kept as clean as possible. Non-sterile compounding medications include pills, liquids, gels, lotions, ointments, creams, shampoos, lip balms, and more.

Contact Strive Pharmacy for Your Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding Needs

A compounding pharmacy can make sure you get the right medication for you, administered in  the correct manner. If you require a version of medication that is not commercially available, it can be custom-made just for you. 

At Strive Pharmacy, we provide both sterile and non-sterile compounded medication. We take every care to fill your prescription using the right active ingredients, prepared to the highest standard. You can trust us with your medication needs.

Whether you need sterile or non-sterile compounding, contact Strive Pharmacy today. We will help you find the right medication for your needs. We are proud to serve as your compounding pharmacy in Utah and Arizona.