Frequently Asked Questions
- What is compounding?
The preparation, mixing, assembling, packaging,
or labeling a drug or device as the result of a prescription or in
anticipation of a prescription (based on routine, regularly observed
prescribing patterns) in response to the patient, practitioner and pharmacist
relationship in the course of professional practice.
- Why is compounded medication needed?
- allergies to preservatives, dyes or fillers
- difficulty swallowing capsules or tablets (i.e.
geriatric or pediatric patients)
- sensitivity to standard drug strengths (i.e. renal
- dosage forms not commercially available
- difficult to dose patients (i.e. children and pets)
- Do all pharmacies compound?
Because compounding requires
expensive specialized equipment and extensive training in modern compounding
techniques, most pharmacies do not compound.
- What is the difference between commercially available medication
and compounded medication?
With commercially available medications, the drug
is produced with no specific patient in mind. It limits the prescriber to
matching the available product to the patient. Whereas, with compounded
medications, the formula matches the patient’s needs. The drug can be prepared
in the most effective dosage and strength.
- Do I need to have a prescription from my doctor for a compound?
Compounded medications do require a prescription
from the doctor or veterinarian. Compounding pharmacists have the unique
opportunity to develop a special relationship with the patients they serve,
working with the doctor to solve problems that manufactured dosage forms do
- Do you take insurance or other discount prescription
Since our scope of practice is different from other retail
pharmacies, we do not participate in any insurance or third party plans. We
will be happy to provide a universal claim form for compounded medications for
you to submit to your insurance company. All insurance plans are different, so
please contact your insurance company for questions regarding your coverage
with compounded prescriptions.