Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications to meet the specific needs of individual patients. By combining modern technology, innovative techniques and new research, today’s compounding pharmacists are able to customize medications to meet a patient’s unique needs.
Working with your health care provider, a compounding pharmacist can:
- Alter the form of your medication to make it easier to use or ingest
- Add flavor to your medication to make it more palatable
- Adjust the strength of your medication so that it meets your specific needs
- Combine medications into one, easy-to-use form
- In some cases, formulate medications that are no longer manufactured commercially
Is Compounding Legal?
The Food and Drug Administration 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. In addition, compounding is regulated by state boards of pharmacy.
Does My Insurance Cover Compounding Medications?
Pyramids Pharmacy works closely with both providers and payers to help manage and eliminate burdens in prescribing compounded medications, including obtaining prior authorizations for compounded medications.
Every prescription insurance plan is unique. Some insurance plans cover compounds directly at the pharmacy counter, and others may require the patient to submit a claim form. You should contact your prescription plan to see what their coverage is for your customized medication.
What Kind of Medications Can Be Compounded?
Compounding pharmacists can prepare medication for a variety of needs and applications, including:
- Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
- Pain management
- Otic (for the ear)
- Medication Flavoring
- Sports medicine
- Wound and scar therapy
Ask your physician or pharmacist about compounded medications today.