Frequently Asked Questions About Compounding

What is compounding?

Compounding is the process of preparing medications that are custom-made in order to help meet the specific needs of each individual.

How is compounding beneficial?

Compounding enables pharmacists to provide patients with medications that are not commercially available. Medications can be compounded into several different strengths, flavors, and dosage forms in order to meet the specific needs of the patient.

Do compounded drugs require a prescription?

Yes, a prescription is required for compounded drugs.

Is compounding legal?

According to the Food and Drug administration, compounded medications are legal as long as they are prescribed for a specific patient by a licensed practitioner and compounded by a licensed pharmacist. Compounded medications are regulated by each state’s State Board of Pharmacy.

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