About Compounding

Many patients have unique health needs off-the-shelf, manufactured medications cannot meet. For these patients, personalized medicationsprescribed by licensed practitioners and prepared by trained, licensed pharmacistsoften are the only solution. 

Working with a healthcare provider or veterinarian, a compounding pharmacist can prepare customized medications and meet the individual needs of children, adults, and animals:  

  • When required medications unavailable from pharmaceutical companies; 
  • When the patient is allergic to certain preservatives, dyes, or binders in available off-the-shelf medications; 
  • When treatment requires tailored dosage strengths (for example, an infant); 
  • When a pharmacist can combine several medications to increase compliance;
  • When a patient cannot ingest the medication in its commercially available form; or
  • When medications require flavor additives to make them more palatable for patients 

How is the industry regulated? 

All pharmacies and pharmacists, including compounding pharmacies, are licensed and strictly regulated by State Boards of Pharmacy. Additionally, the Food & Drug Administration has authority over some aspects of compounded prescriptions. 

Standards set by the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) are integrated into the day-to-day practice of pharmacy compounding and are mandated in most states. Additional non-profit agencies provide oversight through accreditation processes.

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