Nonsterile compounding

Target Audience:

Pharmacists in community-based practice.
Universal program number: 0401-0000-17-150-H04-P
CEBroker: 20-581947
Activity type: Knowledge-based


To provide community pharmacists with a comprehensive overview of the important components of nonsterile compounding in pharmacy practice, including regulations, training and documentation requirements, equipment and process steps.  


Evidence of compounding can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians. While modern manufacturing processes have removed much of the need for extemporaneous compounding, a resurgence of the practice is in place to meet medication customization needs. Nonsterile compounding is an important service provided in the community pharmacy. This program will provide pharmacists with an overview of nonsterile compounding practices and processes to assist in safely meeting patient needs.

Learning objectives:
  1. Define compounding and its importance in community pharmacy practice.
  2. Recall the purpose and application of regulations regarding nonsterile compounding including USP Chapters <795> and <800>, DQSA and state requirements.
  3. List the training and documentation requirements of nonsterile compounding activities.
  4. Explain the appropriate setting and equipment needed to perform nonsterile compounding.
  5. Identify the basic steps in the compounding process including appropriate beyond-use dating and common calculations.
To obtain credit:

Pharmacists must participate in the entire program and complete a program evaluation at the conclusion.

CPE credits will be transferred to CPE Monitor after completion of the activity, providing that participants provide an accurate personal NABP e-profile ID and MMDD date of birth. Statements of credit are only available online through CPE Monitor.

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Drug Store News is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This CPE activity is approved for pharmacists and is worth 3.0 contact hours (0.3 CEUs). The activity is available for CE credit through June 29, 2020.

Course summary
Credit hours: 
  • 3.00 Pharmacist
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On-demand Webinar
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Denise Frank, BS Pharm, pharmacist and owner of Frank Consulting.

Denise Frank and the DSN editorial and continuing education staff do not have any actual or potentail conflicts of interest in relation to this lesson.

Available Credit

  • 3.00 Pharmacist

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