What is Pharmaceutical compounding?  Pharmacy Compounding utilizes modern technology, innovative techniques, and research to enable licensed pharmacists to customize medications to meet specific patient needs. It’s the art and science of combining raw ingredients to prepare personalized prescriptions.

When is Pharmaceutical compounding necessary? Compounding enables pharmacists and doctors to collaborate to develop medications in a way that meets the need of individual patients, targets patient specific dosages, increases patient compliance, and may reduce the negative side effects of commercially manufactured medications.

Compounding medications are frequently used for:

  • Patients who cannot take commercially manufactured prescriptions and require a personalized formulation
  • Patients requiring customized dosage strengths, such as a small dose for infants and children
  • Patients who are unable to take a prescription in its manufactured form, such as turning a tablet into a liquid or gel for people who cannot swallow pills
  • Patients with special dietary needs, such as allergen-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, carb-free or without colored dyes
  • Patients whose prescriptions are in low supply or are no longer being manufactured
  • Veterinary medicine for a change in dose, form or flavor
  • Many types of hormone replacement therapy

How are compounded medications different?

Compounded medications are prescribed by a physician and are tailored for each individual patient’s needs. Individual ingredients are mixed together by the pharmacist to meet the exact strength and dosage type prescribed by the doctor.

Personalized consultations with the pharmacist, physician and patient provide the pharmacist with the information needed to determine which compounding ingredient(s) is best for your unique situation.

  • Strengths – customized dosage strengths
  • Dosage types – medications can be prepared in the form of a liquid, capsule, troche, ointment, cream, gel, or suppository
  • Ingredients – addresses the needs if of patients with allergies or sensitivities to particular dyes, preservatives, or fillers
  • Flavors – makes the flavor more tolerable (especially for young children)
  • Multiple medications – medications can be combined to simplify medication administration

What is a compounding pharmacy? Compounding pharmacy’s such as HB Pharmacy are equipped with state of the art equipment as well a broad inventory of chemicals. Our specialists have received specific training and certification in the art of compounding.

Personalized consultations with the pharmacist, physician and patient provide the pharmacist with the information needed to determine which compounding ingredient(s) is best for your unique situation.

Who regulates compounding pharmacies? Both pharmacists and pharmacies involved in compounding are subject to oversight by both federal and state authorities. The practice is regulated by state boards of pharmacy and compounding pharmacists are expected to comply with appropriate procedures.  HB Pharmacy is accredited by the NABP (National Association of Boards of Pharmacy). The NABP accreditation process requires detailed and extensive review of operations to ensure that quality and compliance standards are met by the pharmacy.

Do Compounded Medications Require FDA Approval? The FDA approval process is intended for mass-produced drugs made by manufacturers. The federal government has oversight for the chemicals used in the preparation of compounded medications. The use of compounded medications has been approved for those individuals who have received a prescription for a specific compounded medication.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.