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The ‘GENERAL METHODS ’ section offers information on the general principles of pharmaceutical compounding, including information specific to each type of formulation commonly encountered, namely oral preparations, topicals, sterile preparations, etc. The ‘MONOGRAPH DOWNLOADS ’ section contains an alphabetical list of the individual monographs supplied to us from the participant hospitals.

We acknowledge and thank the Pharmacy Departments of the following hospitals, whose monographs are included on

AMNCH, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin    Beaumont Hospital, Dublin Bons Secours Hospital, Cork
Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown Coombe Women’s Hospital, Dublin  Cork University Hospital
Louth County Hospital, Dundalk  Mater Misericordae Hospital Dublin Mater Private Hospital Dublin
Mercy University Hospital, Cork   Merlin Park Regional Hospital, Galway Midwestern Regional Hospital, Limerick
Mount Carmel Hospital, Dublin Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
Rotunda Hospital Dublin   Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital Dublin Sligo General Hospital   
St. James Hospital, Dublin St. John Hospital, Limerick St. Luke's General Hospital, Kilkenny        
St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin  Tullamore General Hospital  Waterford Regional Hospital
Wexford General Hospital Naas General Hospital  



The monographs are all designed using a common template, as follows:

template monograph

Due to the fact that many hospitals prepare the same named products, we used the following approaches:

A. Where more than one formula (i.e. differing actual ingredients) exists for a particular preparation; we have assigned these Formula 1, Formula 2 etc.

B. Where the same formula (i.e. same ingredients) is used in more than one hospital, we have only published one formula BUT we have illustrated any differences in  containers, expiry dates and storage conditions encountered as follows:

Expiry date:

  • 1 week a , 2 weeks b

The a and b denote to us in the source hospitals that use the different storage periods.  Note that the names of individual source hospitals will not be listed at any point in the individual monographs and the a,b,c indexing is for administrative use only by


In accordance with BNF recommendations, the monographs on observe the following:
  • Unncessary use of decimal points is avoided.
  • Where decimals are necessary, a zero is written in front of the decimal point where there is no other figure, e.g. 0.5mL.
  • Quantities over 1g are written as 1g etc.
  • Quantities less than 1g are written in milligrams, e.g. 500mg.
  • Quantities less than 1mg are written in micrograms, e.g. 500micrograms.
  • 'Micrograms' is NOT abbreviated.
  • Volumes are expressed in millilitres (mL) unless over 1L, when they are expressed in litres (L).

Measuring apparatus should be calibrated and authenticated in accordance with the weights and measures requirements of the Legal Metrology Service. (Metrology)


(For additional information on measurements, particularly of liquids, see also General Methods: External solutions)

Use the contact us section to email us at with any correspondence. welcomes new monographs, information on new compounding practices and any other relevant communications. was developed and is maintained by The School of Pharmacy, RCSI, under a grant from the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and has also been kindly supported by Fannin Healthcare.

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