Compounding Services


WHAT IS COMPOUNDING?

Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. Its practice dates back to the origins of pharmacy. It declined in the 1950’s and 60’s as pharmacists’ role quickly changed from a preparer of medications to a dispenser of mass-manufactured products. However, this “one-size-fits-all” approach to medication meant that some patients’ needs were unmet.

Within the last few decades, compounding has experienced a renaissance, as modern technology, innovative techniques and new research have allowed more pharmacists to customize medications to meet a patient’s unique needs.

 

HOW DOES COMPOUNDING BENEFIT ME?

Working with your health care provider, a compounding pharmacist can:

-Alter the form of your medication to make it easier to use or ingest

-Add flavor to your medication to make it more palatable

-Adjust the strength of your medication so that it meets your specific needs

-Combine medications into one, easy-to-use form

-In some cases, formulate medications that are no longer manufactured commercially

 

WHAT KIND OF PRESCIPTIONS CAN BE COMPOUNDED?

   Compounding pharmacists can prepare medication for a variety of needs and       applications, including:

·              Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy        

·              Hospice

·              Pediatrics

·              Pain management

·              Ophthalmics

·              Dentistry

·              Otic (for the ear)

·              Dermatology

·              Medication flavoring

·              Neuropathy

·              Veterinary

·              Sports medicine

·              Infertility

·              Wound and scar therapy

·              Podiatry

·              Gastroenterology

IS COMPOUNDING LEGAL? IS IT SAFE?

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 for a specific patient and compounded by a licensed pharmacy. In addition, compounding is regulated by state boards of pharmacy.

 

WILL MY INSURANCE COVER COMPOUNDED MEDICATIONS?

Every prescription insurance plan is unique. Some insurance plans cover compounds directly at the pharmacy counter, and others may require the patient to submit a claim form. You should contact your prescription plan to see what their coverage is for your customized medication.

 

IS COMPOUNDING EXPENSIVE?

Compounding may cost more or less than conventional medication. It depends on factors such as the type of ingredients and equipment required as well as the time it takes the pharmacist to research and prepare the medication.

 

DOES COMPOUNDING SOUND RIGHT FOR YOU?

Ask your health care provider or pharmacist about compounded medications today.