Prescription compounding is when the pharmacist prepares specific medications to meet unique physician and patient needs. The physician writes a prescription for the medication. The pharmacist then takes the needed ingredients and compounds them to create the finished product for the patient.
Our pharmacists will work with you and your doctor to determine if a medication can be compounded to meet your needs. We can also bill your insurance plan for your compounded medications.
Pharmacists may compound prescription medications to:
- Create patient-specific dosages to accommodate an in-between dose or to match a particular patient's weight and size
- Combine certain medications into a single dose
- Change the dosage form to one that's easier to take-creating a liquid suspension for a child who has trouble swallowing capsules or tablets, for example
What kinds of prescriptions can be compounded?
Almost any kind. Compounding applications can include: Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Veterinary, Hospice, Pediatric, Dental, Dermatology, Medication Flavoring, Infertility, Wound Therapy, Podiatry and Gastroenterolog.
Will my insurance cover compounded medications?
Almost every insurance plan allows for the patient to be reimbursed by sending in claims forms. While you may be paying a pharmacy directly for a compounded prescription, most insurance plans should cover the final cost.
Is compounding expensive?
Compounding may or may not cost more than conventional medication. Its cost depends on the type of dosage form and equipment required, plus the time spent researching and preparing the medication.
Is compounding legal? Is it safe?
Compounding has been part of healthcare since the origins of pharmacy, and is widely used today in all areas of the industry, from hospitals to nuclear medicine. 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.