Full course description
The goal of the course is to introduce learners to various skills and formulations of compounded prescriptions that are in the marketplace and explore opportunities to provide specialty compounds to human and veterinary patients. Learners will learn different compounding techniques, formulations, uses, and prepare them in the lab. Learners will participate in non-sterile compounding product preparation, choosing appropriate dispensing containers, packaging, and preparing for dispensing. The course includes an online self-paced portion that features textbook chapters and legal and regulatory discussions with other learners followed by an in-person hands-on learning portion. The course goal is to contribute to preparing learners to achieve professional competencies and outcomes expected for a pharmacist or pharmacy technician as outlined by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) 2013 Educational Outcomes.
Upon completion of this microcredential course, learners will be able to:
- Distinguish various drug classes and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used in compounding formulations
- Consider legal and regulatory aspects of compounding including establishing beyond use date for compounds based on stability data and regulatory guidelines.
- Recognize the clinical presentation of a patient who might require hormone replacement therapy
- Utilize references that will be useful when considering the veterinary patient
- Compose and calculate formulations to creatively deliver medicine to patients
- Educate patients or pet owners on how to properly use the compounded medication, and provide education about side effects, precautions, administration, and storage.
- Complete hands on compounding of quality products
In this course you will have the opportunity to compound the following products in a lab at the UNT Health Science Center campus in Fort Worth, TX:
- Aloe Vera Lip balm
- Simulated TriEst in Topi-Click
- Pain cream in Topi-pump dispenser
- Doggie treats
- Capsules and quality assurance form
- Gelatin troches
- PEG troches
- Metronidazole benzoate (simulated) suspension
- Veterinary suspension in oil
- Veterinary suspension in water
- Potassium bromide (simulated) solution
- Methimazole (simulated) PLO Ear gel
Participants must be a registered pharmacist or pharmacy technician.
Completion of online pre-work prior to attending in-person compounding lab.
Successful completion of this course requires the following textbook:
- Allen, Loyd. (2020). The Art, Science, and Technology of Pharmaceutical Compounding, 6th Edition.
This text is available for purchase from APhA.
Participation in 2 full-day hands-on training sessions is required for completion of the microcredential course. These sessions are scheduled for the following dates:
- October 3-4, 2023, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (lunch provided)
- Location: UNT Health Science Center campus, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd, Ft. Worth, TX
Jennifer T. Fix, MBA, PharmD
Dr. Jennifer Fix has been an Associate Professor with the University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy since 2016. She is the Director of Community and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Experiential Services.
Prior to joining the College of Pharmacy, she owned and operated an independent pharmacy for 25 years. 20 years as a Medicine Shoppe Franchise and 5 years as Jen Care Pharmacy in Haltom City, Texas. She is a founding member of the Alliance of Independent Pharmacy and a Past President of the Texas Pharmacy Association and the Tarrant County Pharmacy Association.
At the College of Pharmacy, along with many committee responsibilities, Dr. Fix teaches nonprescription therapies (OTC’s) to first year pharmacy students, and Advanced Non-Sterile Compounding to second and third-year students. She has established an “emphasis in pharmacy compounding” program that includes 14 hours of programming and is blocked in the student’s transcript as an “emphasis”. This program is designed to make these graduates job ready in the area of compounding.
She precepts fourth-year APPE students. She is board certified by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties in both Ambulatory Care Pharmacy and Geriatric Pharmacy. Her most recent clinical pharmacist service was in the gastroenterology department at HSC Health where she helped Hepatitis-C patients, developing and implementing their treatment plan under a collaborative practice signed protocol.