Brian Courtney presentingSPOKANE, Wash. – On March 8 Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy alumnus Brian Courtney spoke to student pharmacists about his career in the compounding industry and his work with Fagron.

“Compounding is utilized when a standardized medication doesn’t fit a patient need,” said Courtney. “It fits between home remedies and pharmaceutical manufacturing.”

Although compounding has been around for centuries, new regulatory actions have changed the product flow.

These regulations ensure drugs are compliant and safe, said Courtney.

These changes have allowed companies, like Fagron, to be utilized to ensure regulations are being followed. Fagron is a leading specialty pharmaceutical company that supplies raw pharmaceutical materials and equipment for compounding in over 30 countries.

Fagron is also involved in education. Courtney advised students who are interested in compounding to look into the offerings of Fagron Academy, which offers hands-on and online courses.

Courtney is currently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Fagron. He has over 16 years of experience in marketing, sales and operations of healthcare organizations.

This presentation was part of the Preparing for Your Career in Pharmacy Seminar Series, which is hosted by the College of Pharmacy. The purpose of this seminar series is to expose student pharmacists to career options and leaders within those fields.

The WSU pharmacy seminars are funded through the Dean’s Fund for Excellence and the college’s community partner, the Spokane Teachers Credit Union. For information on participating in the career seminar series, or to contribute to the Dean’s Fund for Excellence to help expose WSU student pharmacists to thought-leaders and industry innovators, contact the College of Pharmacy advancement office at or 509-358-7651.