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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