Compounding is the mixing of drugs by a compounding pharmacist to fit the unique needs of a patient. This may be done for medically necessary reasons, such as to change the form of the medication from a solid pill to a liquid, to avoid a non-essential ingredient that the patient is allergic to, or to obtain the exact dose needed. It may also be done for voluntary reasons, such as adding favorite flavors to a medication. – Wikipedia

Sam Georgiou, Pharmacist and Owner

Sam Georgiou, Pharmacist

Today, the vast majority of medications are mass-produced by pharmaceutical drug companies. They aim to treat a specific medical condition for a large segment of people. Problems can arise when a patient has a medical condition that can’t be treated by one of these mass-produced products, or they might be allergic to a dye or filler in a commercially made product. Additionally, patients may not be able to take the medication if the capsule is too large, or the dose too high, which is common in pediatric cases. These are the situations where the Professional Arts Pharmacy can play a vital role in helping physicians find an appropriate treatment for their patient.

Our 2,000 square foot lab meets or exceeds all applicable federal and state standards, and is staffed by pharmacists and technicians who specialize in custom compounds. Built in 1985 by Sam Georgiou, a pharmacist (University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Pharmacy) and chemist (McDaniel College, formerly Western Maryland College), Professional Arts Pharmacy is government approved and provides custom compounded formulas as well as manufacture supplied medications. We supply patients and physicians throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, and have built a reputation for fast, expert service.

Compounded medications are ordered by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, veterinarian or other prescriber and mixed by licensed compounding pharmacists in a safe, carefully controlled environment. At the Professional Arts Pharmacy we go so far to have our equipment independently calibrated, once a year, to ensure the patients are getting exactly what is prescribed.

The basis of our profession has always been the patient-physician-pharmacist relationship. Professional Arts Pharmacy provides the highest standard of customer service. We are proud to say that we know our doctors, veterinarians and patients all well and have been doing business with some of them for nearly 30 years.