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What is a compounding pharmacy?

How compounding medications may be able to help you

A compounding pharmacy is a specialized type of pharmacy that creates customized medications for patients based on their individual needs and prescriptions. Unlike traditional pharmacies that dispense commercially available medications in standardized forms and dosages, compounding pharmacies prepare medications tailored to specific patients' requirements.

Here are some key aspects of compounding pharmacies:

  1. Custom Medications: Compounding pharmacists work closely with healthcare providers and patients to prepare medications that are not readily available in commercial forms or strengths. This includes creating unique dosage forms (e.g., creams, gels, capsules, liquids) and adjusting the ingredients to accommodate allergies or sensitivities.

  2. Individualized Care: Compounding pharmacies are particularly useful for patients with special requirements, such as children, elderly individuals, or individuals with certain medical conditions who may need medication in a different form, strength, or flavor to improve compliance and effectiveness.

  3. Drug Allergies and Sensitivities: Compounding pharmacists can exclude or substitute specific ingredients in medications to ensure patients do not have adverse reactions to certain fillers, preservatives, or dyes found in commercial products.

  4. Veterinarian Compounding: Compounding pharmacies also serve the needs of veterinarians by preparing medications for animals in custom forms and flavors to make it easier for pet owners to administer them.

  5. Quality and Safety: Compounding pharmacies are regulated by state boards of pharmacy, and they must adhere to strict quality and safety standards to ensure the integrity of the medications they produce.

Ask your pharmacist

If you have a need that is not being met by your current medication, ask your pharmacist if compounding is the right solution for you.

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