What Is a Compounding Pharmacy?

You may have heard the term compounding pharmacy - but what is it? A compounding pharmacy offers personalized medications made by a licensed pharmacist and tailored for each patient. The drugs are made with the exact ingredients, in the exact strength and dose that is best for each individual patient.

The doctor, pharmacist and patient work together to create the ideal compound for the patient's needs. Instead of mass producing medications, a compound pharmacy meets very individual needs. The pharmacist at a compounding pharmacy can even remove unnecessary ingredients or ones that cause allergies such as dyes, gluten, lactose and more. This is extremely valuable to many families who have children with allergies or sensitivities that mass-producing pharmaceutical companies aren't addressing.

Another benefit of a compounding pharmacy is that patients can usually choose the form of most medications, from liquid to powder, pill, cream or ointment. Compound pharmacies are especially great for children's medications for this reason, as they can make the medication a powder that's easy to mix with food or drink for children opposed to taking medication or flavor the medication to make it easier or more enjoyable for the child.

Compounding pharmacies are regulated by state boards of pharmacies, and the drugs they use are regulated by the FDA, including all ingredients used. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration also regulates the handling of controlled substances at compound pharmacies just like with a traditional pharmacy. In addition, the Independent Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board provides its seal of approval to compounding pharmacies interested in the voluntary, but very strict, inspection and requirements of the board.

Dr. Foster uses a compounding pharmacy to help his patients get the medications they need for a huge reduction in cost. For example, some patients who would normally pay $45 for one pill are able to get the medication they need for $6 a pill thanks to the compounding pharmacy Dr. Foster uses. Of course, everyone's prices are different based on their needs, but the savings are significant for patients who have only used traditional pharmacies in the past.

To find out more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Foster, call us today at 760-670-3621.

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