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Science Behind Compounding

Technology, scientific knowledge, and research are crucial to therapeutic innovations - and vital parts of PCCA's Research and Development Team.

Our Goal

is to provide the most effective, innovative, and functional products for the compounding industry. In that spirit, we have committed significant resources to the study and validation of our technology.

We accomplish this by applying basic science to our research, with the goals of improving therapeutic options and advancing the profession through the publication of scholarly articles. Behind every study and product, there is a team of PhD-level scientists, chemists, and pharmacists dedicated in their pursuit of unsurpassed product innovation.


New Lipoderm Case Study

Pain Management: Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, also known as painful heel syndrome, results from the inflammation of a foot ligament. A male physician with plantar fasciitis was suffering from heel pain and was walking with a cane because of this condition. Following unsuccessful treatments, the patient was dispensed a transdermal compounded medication including a combination of topical drugs in Lipoderm® ActiveMax™. In just 7 days, the patient’s condition improved from the worst possible pain to pain-free, as demonstrated by the research instruments SF-MPQ and NRS.

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European Paediatric Formulation Initiative

PCCA is the exclusive sponsor of the best poster and oral presentations at the EuPFI annual scientific conference

8th EuPFI Conference: Lisbon (Portugal) 21st-22nd September, 2016

  • Poster #1: A Novel Approach to Assess and Improve Palatability of an Inhaled Asset Using the Rat Brief Access Taste Aversion Assay and an In Silico Model of Salivary Flow

  • Poster #2: Palatability and Acceptability of Multiparticulate Formulations: Adults vs. Children Comparison

  • Poster #3: Simulating Different Dosing Scenarios for a Paediatric Valproic Acid ER Formulation in a New Paediatric Multistage Dissolution Model

  • Poster #4: Development and Evaluation of Taste-Masked Pediatric Minitablet Formulations with Bitter Model Drugs

7th EuPFI Conference: Antwerp (Belgium) 16th-17th September, 2015

  • Poster #1: Thin Substrates Manufactured by the Means of 3D-Printing-Tailor-Made Drug Delivery Systems for Paediatric Use

  • Poster #2: Preliminary Development of a Tool Assessing the Acceptability of Medicines for Paediatric Use

  • Poster #3: Can Solubilizing Excipients be Used with the Rat BATA Model to Assess the Taste of Poorly Water-Soluble Drugs?

6th EuPFI Conference: Athens (Greece) 17th-18th September, 2014

  • Poster #1: Development and Characterization of Dispersible Tablets Employing Novel Characterization Methods

  • Poster #2: Assessing the Taste of Medicines with Rodents: the In Vivo Rat Brief-Access Taste Aversion (BATA) Model

  • Poster #3: Monitoring Food and Fluid Intake as a Basis for Establishing Biorelevant Dissolution Methods for Children in the Age of 1 - 6 Years

5th EuPFI Conference: Barcelona (Spain) 18th-19th September, 2013

  • Poster #1: Immediate-Release Carbamazepine Formulations for Individual Dosing by the Solid Dosage Pen

  • Poster #2: Development of Buccal Films as Novel Dosage Form for Paediatric Use

  • Poster #3: End-User Perceptions of Solid Oral Dosage Forms in the UK and Canada Part 1: School Children and Adolescents


International Pharmaceutical Federation

PCCA was the exclusive sponsor of the compounding session: The Role of Compounding in Closing Therapeutic Gaps. This 6-hour session included expert speakers from the USA, Portugal, Germany and Spain, who brought together the various compounding specialties, considerations, guidelines and standards.

73rd FIP World Congress: Dublin (Ireland) 31st August – 5th September, 2013


International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation

PCCA has established a partnership with the IPSF as the official sponsor of the compounding events at the World Congress and Regional Symposia. The IPSF acknowledges the importance and necessity of compounding skills within the pharmacy profession and has created this grant, with the support of PCCA, to allow students around the world the chance to organize their own compounding events.

IPSF Development Fund Compounding Event (CE) Grant

In 2016, PCCA was the proud sponsor of the following CE:

  • 5th IPSF African Pharmaceutical Symposium: Kenya
  • 62nd IPSF World Congress: Zimbabwe