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Basics of Compounding: Basics of Compounding with Tars

Author(s):  Allen Loyd V Jr

Issue:  Sep/Oct 2013 - Volume 17, Number 5
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Abstract:  Tar has been used throughout history for numerous purposes; from sealing the hulls of ships to sealing roofs of dwellings and even for medical purposes. Produced by destructive distillation, commonly used tars are prepared from coal and wood. Coal tar, juniper tar, and pine tar are used for various medical purposes as described in the article. Also presented are the various characteristics and uses of each tar, along with commercial products and numerous compounding formulas. Techniques used to compound with tars are also presented.

Related Keywords: Loyd V. Allen, Jr., PhD, RPh, tars, history, formulations, organic substances, coal tar, juniper tar, pine tar, topical preparation, skin disorders, inflammation, anti-inflammatory agents, photosensitizer, photosensitization, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhea, antimicrobial agent, oral suspensions


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