Guidance for Pharmacists on Extemporaneous Dispensing

This guidance sets out the limited circumstances when a pharmacist can extemporaneously prepare a medicine. It also sets out the records that must be made and kept each time a medicine is extemporaneously prepared.

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The purpose of this guidance is to assist pharmacists in discharging their legal and professional obligations to patients in the area of extemporaneous dispensing. This guidance will help to assure the safe and appropriate preparation and supply of extemporaneously prepared medicinal products to patients, where the supply of such products is necessary.

An extemporaneously prepared medicinal product refers to the process by which a pharmacist, using traditional compounding techniques, produces a medicinal product to meet the special needs of a patient, or group of patients.