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What Is Compounding?

 Healthcare practitioners have been addressing patients’ health concerns for centuries. For the vast majority of that time, the healthcare process has followed a primarily personal model:

  • A person has a health concern
  • They seek the help of a physician
  • The physician listens to their specific circumstances
  • The issue is addressed on an individual basis

This personal model involved one-on-one interaction between the patient and healthcare professional, yielding customized medications to treat the specific needs of individual patients.

Over the last few decades, however, personalized healthcare has declined. The rise of giant pharmaceutical companies has resulted in the mass-production of medication for commercial sale. This has not only reduced the personal dynamic, it has also limited the number of strength and dosage forms available to address patient needs.1

Compounding offers patients a return to personalized care. Compounding pharmacists can prepare unique dosage forms containing specific medications for each patient, allowing individuals access to treatment options that may not otherwise be commercially available. This process allows pharmacists to work with healthcare practitioners in customizing treatment plans, avoiding the limitations of “one size fits all” medications and truly addressing patients’ unique health concerns.2

Pacifica Pharmacy’s staff has decades of compounding experience. We combine ongoing training, state-of-the-art equipment, and the highest quality ingredients to address your healthcare needs in a truly personal way.

Contact Pacifica Pharmacy to schedule your consultation today.


1 Quick, Jonathan D., and Hans V. Hogerzeil. “Twenty-five Years of Essential Medicines.” Bulletin of the World Health Organization – Vol. 80 Issue 11. N.p., Nov. 2002. Web. 10 Feb. 2014.

2 Vu, Nicole, PhD, Thomas C. Kupiec, PhD, and Vishnu Raj, DDs. “Slow-Release Pharmaceuticals.” International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding 2nd ser. 13 (2009); 144-45. Print.



Doctorate of Pharmacy / May 1970
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Health Sciences and Chemistry Studies with Pharmacy Emphasis / 1963-1966
University of California, Los Angeles, CA


State of California Pharmacist’s License
Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) Certified
Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) Member
Clinical Nutritionist Candidate, Metabolic Medical Institute


Owner, Pharmacist / 1983 – Present
Pacifica Compounding Pharmacy, Torrance, CA

  • Hire, train and manage staff of ten in a full-service compounding pharmacy and sterile lab
  • Work with patients and healthcare practitioners to develop individualized treatment regimens with specialty areas including hormone replacement therapy, pain management, and veterinary medicine

Pharmacist in Charge / 1980 – 1983
White Front Pharmacy, Torrance, CA

Pharmacist in Charge / 1977 – 1980
Westchester Pharmacy, Westchester, CA


Preceptor, Pharmacist / 2000 – Present
University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy, Los Angeles, CA

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice / 2007 – Present
Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Pomona, CA


Barris J, Loi D. “Progesterone and Synthetic Progestins: An Overview.” California Pharmacist.
2007; 54(2): 24-26.


PCAB Pharmacist of the Month, April 2013