What is a compounded prescription?
A compounded prescription is medication that has to be made by the pharmacist because it is not available in the dosage form or strength prescribed by your doctor. Compounding allows prescribers to customize a medication to the needs of their patients.
Is compounding legal? Is it safe?
Yes. Compounding is legal and safe. It is widely used throughout the healthcare industry. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 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.
Do you have to have a prescription for a compounded medication?
Yes. Your doctor must prescribe a compounded medication. With a physician’s consent, a compounding pharmacist can change the strength of a medication, alter its form to make it easier for the patient to ingest, or add flavor to make it tastier.
Why can’t a regular pharmacy compound my prescription?
A compounding pharmacy uses state-of-the art equipment, mixing high grade chemicals and advanced techniques to compound and ensure the quality of its products. Other pharmacies may not have the time, equipment, chemicals, or education to appropriately prepare your customized medications.
Are all compounding pharmacies alike?
No. Solutions Rx Pharmacy monitors and documents clean room temperature and humidity on a daily basis. Our staff is trained in proper gowning, aseptic techniques, clean room policies and USP guidelines. We purchase only high grade chemicals from FDA approved suppliers and we obtain certificates of analysis for all formula ingredients. We perform pH testing and verify the potency of compounds.
Are compounded medications expensive?
The cost depends on the dosage form, ingredients used, time spent researching and preparing, and equipment needed. Given that compounding pharmacies may have to use a commercially available product to compound a medication, the cost could be higher than the commercially available product.
Will my insurance cover my compounded medication?
Compounds are typically not covered by your insurance. Our staff will be calling you to discuss prescription and cost. If you do not hear from us within 24 hours please call the pharmacy.