Compounding has always been part of pharmacy practice. Today, the need for compounding is growing, with the prevalence of drug shortages, outsourcing of compounding services by hospitals, and patients’ need for individualized preparations. Compounding pharmacies now have the opportunity to obtain accreditation. The Art, Science, and Technology of Pharmaceutical Compounding presents in a logical and progressive format all the information that pharmacists and student pharmacists need to understand the purpose and processes of compounding. Author Loyd V. Allen Jr., the preeminent expert, covers basic guidelines, economic and technical factors that compounding pharmacists must consider, and all aspects of good manufacturing practices for compounded medications. In this fifth edition, all chapters have been updated and several significantly revised—particularly “Compounding with Hazardous Drugs”—and three new chapters have been added: “Pharmaceutical Compounding Errors,” “Foams,” and “Compounding with Special Ingredients.” Information on the new law affecting compounding, the Drug Quality and Security Act, is incorporated throughout the book. Chapter 13 now includes information on compounding "films."