Frequently Asked Compounding Questions
What is compounding?
Pharmacy compounding is the procedure of preparing personalized medications for patients that are specifically “made to order” as opposed to generically "mass produced". Through compounding, individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage as the doctor ordered, resulting in medication that is both effective and convenient.
How does compounding benefit me?
There are many reasons why doctors and pharmacists provide compounded medications for patients. The primary reason for compounding is to enhance usability, which means the patient will be more likely to use the medication as directed. Avoiding inconveniences like allergic reactions to preservatives or dyes, pill cutting and unpleasant tastes will likely increase the chances of proper usage. With a physician’s consent, a compounding pharmacist can:
Can children or my elderly people take compounded medication?
Yes, children and the elderly are often the types of patients who benefit most from compounding!
It is common for parents to have a difficult time getting their children to take medicine because of the taste. By adding a flavoring agent, such as bubblegum, grape, or vanilla butternut, we can provide the proper medication matching the taste preferences of the patient. Compounding pharmacists also can help patients who experience gastrointestinal side effects. With a compound prescription, we are able to provide topical preparations that can be absorbed through the skin as opposed to swallowed and digested.
Is compounding safe?
Compounding has been part of healthcare since the origins of pharmacy and is widely used. Over the last few decades, advances in technology, quality control and research methodology have caused a resurgence in the popularity of compounding. 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?
Some insurance plans allow the patient to be reimbursed by sending in claim forms. More and more insurance plans may cover the final cost, so please check with your plan administrator.
Is compounding expensive?
Generally speaking, compounding is not more expensive than conventional medication.
What kinds of prescriptions can be compounded?
Almost all prescriptions can be compounded.
Does my doctor know about compounding?
Prescription compounding is a rapidly growing component of many physicians’ practices, but some may not realize the extent of compounding’s resurgence in recent years due to today’s climate of aggressive marketing by drug manufacturers. Ask your healthcare practitioner about compounding, or contact us. We are happy to work directly with your doctor and yourself to begin compounding for you.
Is custom compounding right for you?
We hope that our website has helped you learn more about compounding. We encourage you to ask your healthcare practitioner about the benefits of personalized prescription compounding or call us for more information.
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