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Frequently Asked Questions

What is compounding?

Compounding is when a physician orders a medication that is not manufactured or commercially available. A licensed pharmacist combines, mixes, flavors or alters a drug for an individual patients needs.

What are the benefits of Compoundng?

Medications can be individualized to meet specific patient needs. The physician has more flexibility with regard to dosage strength, and the route of administration. Concentrations can be changed or flavoring can be added to mask an unpleasant taste. Changing the route of administration can eliminate side effects, such as gastrointestinal distress. Almost all medications can be compounded with safety and effectiveness. Compounding also has the advantage of providing medication that is acceptable to individual needs. If a patient has arthritis, but cannot take a necessary medication because it causes gastrointestinal problems, our pharmacists can devise a transdermal gel to apply directly to the problem area. Compounding also allows for individual allergies, and can fill the need for discontinued medications that may no longer be available.

Is compounding safe? Is it legal?

Compounding has been a part of health care since the origins of pharmacy. It is used widely today in all areas of the industry, from hospitals to nuclear medicine. Over the last decade, compounding's resurgence has largely benefited from advances in technology, quality control and research. The Food and Drug Administration has stated that compounded prescriptions are both ethical and legal as long as they are prescribed by a licensed practitioner.

Is compounding expensive

The cost of compounding depends on the type of dosage form and equipment required, plus the time spent researching and preparing the medication. It may or may not cost more than a commercially available medication. Fortunately, compounding pharmacists have access to pure-grade quality chemicals that can dramatically lower overall costs. We cannot compound dosages of medication that are currently available commercially by and approved by the FDA, unless there are allergies to the inactive ingredients.

Can any pharmacy compound?

Preparation of these custom medications requires chemicals and specialized equipment not available in most pharmacies. Compound pharmacists have also received additional training in compounding techniques. We work with a support network involving other pharmacies, Ph.D. chemists and research pharmacists to exchange ideas, innovations and new techniques.

Does my doctor know about compounding?

Prescription compounding is a rapidly growing component of many physicians' practices. But in today's world of aggressive marketing by drug manufacturers, some may not realize the extent of compounding's resurgence in recent years. Ask your physician about compounding and get in touch with compounding pharmacist to find out what can be done to meet your prescription needs.

Why is compounding not FDA approved?

The medication Pharmacist compound does not need to be approved by the FDA because we are not manufacturing for bulk use and we are making each drug for a specific patient’s needs. However all of the chemicals and drugs we use in compounding are FDA approved and purchased from FDA approved manufactures.

Who regulates compounding pharmacies?

The FDA regulates us to make sure we are not manufacturing medication. We are also regulated by the State Board of Pharmacy.