Category Archives: Information About Compounding

What dosage forms can Wellness Pharmacy formulate?

Wellness Pharmacy® can prepare different compounds with specialized delivery mechanisms such as topical creams (in an emollient cream base), topical PLO (pluronic base), topical liquid drops, liquid suspensions, oral capsules, vaginal suppositories, vaginal creams, injections, nebulized medications, troches (dissolved under the tongue), and oral powders.

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Is a compounding pharmacy different from a major chain pharmacy?

Yes. Many patients require customized medications to meet unique medical needs. Chain pharmacies do not have the equipment necessary to provide these services.

Because many patients are allergic to dyes and/or preservatives, or are sensitive to standard drug therapies, they are unable to be treated with mass manufactured drugs. In these instances, physicians prescribe compounded medications to change the strength, alter the delivery form to make it easier for the patient to ingest, or change the flavor to make it more pleasant.

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Who prepares compounded prescriptions?

At Wellness Pharmacy compounded prescriptions are prepared by certified compounding pharmacists as well as certified pharmacy technicians, using formulas provided by the Professional Compounding Centers of America. Once a medication is compounded, the order goes through a series of checkpoints before it reaches our shipping department. These measures are taken to ensure accuracy.

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What is the difference between a compounding pharmacy and a pharmaceutical company?

A compounding pharmacy is not a pharmaceutical company. A pharmaceutical company is a drug manufacturer, and falls under the regulation of the FDA. By definition, drug manufacturing is the production, marketing and sale of a product to an entity other than the patient.

When a doctor prescribes a compounded medication, the compounding pharmacy customizes the preparation of the pharmaceutical solutions for that patient. Physicians rely on compounders for pharmaceutical solutions when “patent” prescription medications inadequately address their patients’ needs.

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