Compounding Pharmacy Frequently Asked Questions
In addition to our regular work filling your doctor’s prescriptions for commercially available medications, Fort Worth Pharmacy is proud to offer custom compounding medication services for our customers. The primary role of compounding pharmacy is to create drugs that doctors prescribe for patients who have needs that are hard to meet by commercially available drugs. However, when it comes to choosing this option, people have some specific questions in mind.
Below we have listed some of the most asked questions patients have related to our compounding pharmacists. If you have a question that doesn’t appear here please feel free to ask us.
What Is a Compounding Pharmacy?
A compounding pharmacy is a specialty pharmacy that offers customized solutions to meet the individual needs of the patient. Doctors recommend compound medications when these individual needs cannot be met with commercialized medicines.
Fort Worth Pharmacy offers unique formulas, dosage forms, flavors, etc, to help patients achieve maximum benefit from the medication treatment.
Is a Compounded Prescription Safe?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identifies the practice of compound pharmacy as a vital health alternative for people who need unique medication or require a formula that is not available due to any reason. For instance, many patients need a customized medication without any dye or other inactive ingredient due to allergic reactions.
Only licensed and trained pharmacist are permitted to compound a prescription to ensure the safety of patients. Moreover, it is also essential that your compound pharmacy must comply with the rules and regulations of State Boards of Pharmacy.
In addition, compounding pharmacies should use supplies and products that are FDA-approved.
Fort Worth Pharmacy is one of the few ACCREDITED compounding pharmacies in the DFW area and complies with all the regulations. It takes a proactive and comprehensive approach to enhance quality control, making its compounding medications safe for everyone.
Does Insurance Cover Compounded Prescription?
Presently, almost all insurances DO NOT COVER compounded medications. And the few that do, don’t always give your accurate information. We’ll always make an attempt to submit your compound claim online. But if that doesn’t work, you may seek reimbursement by sending compound insurance claim form. Ask for this form when you check out. It is always better to speak with your insurance provider to determine eligible benefits.
What makes a Compounding Pharmacy’s Medication Different from Traditional Pharmacy?
A compounding pharmacy is similar to a traditional pharmacy, but specializes in the art and science of making medications from raw chemicals (i.e. drugs.) Although both pharmacists acquire degrees from a pharmaceutical school, a compounding pharmacist requires substantial specialized training above and beyond the standard pharmacy degree. Like traditional pharmacies, Fort Worth Pharmacy sells medications made by commercial manufacturers. But our compounding pharmacist can also formulate and customize your medicine into a variety of different forms for your particular needs (e.g. liquid, pill, capsule, cream, etc.).
What Types of Medicines Can Be Compounded?
Fort Worth Pharmacy specializes in non-sterile compounding. In other words, we do not make any compounds that require a sterile environment (e.g. eye drops, injectables, bladder irrigations, etc.). Your doctor can prescribe special compounding pharmacy formulations for you if they agree customized medication would be a good solution.
What Options Can Medicine Be Made Into?
Following are the delivery vehicles for compounding medicines;
- Gels, creams, and ointments
- Oral solutions and suspensions
- Capsules and tablets
- Lollipops and lozenges
- Animal treats clearly for veterinarian prescriptions!