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How to Select a Compounding Pharmacy?

There are two kinds of pharmacies. You will be more used to commercial pharmacies but there is another kind called compounding pharmacies where the pharmacists will change a medication or combine one or more drugs to create a specific medication to suit the needs of the patient. This can be very useful if you are looking for a medication that is usually not found in a normal pharmacy.


If you happen to have an allergy to one of the ingredients in a commercially available medication, a compounding chemist will be able to make the medication without the allergen so that you can safely take it. Then there are small children that have trouble swallowing large pills. Children can be notoriously difficult when it comes to taking medicine and if your child is taking a regular course of medication, a compounding pharmacy can create the same medication in a different form whether as a syrup, cream, gel etc.

If your doctor has given you a prescription that has to be provided by a compounding pharmacy, you will need to find a pharmacy that will be able to provide it. You can search on Google for compounding pharmacies in your local area but make sure you research them a little to get an idea of what they do.

You need to check

If the pharmacy carried accreditation by the board sets standards for compounding pharmacies. This ensures that they are in compliance with these standards meaning that the medications are created safely with quality ingredients. A pharmacy that carries this accreditation will acquire their medicines from a reliable source that has already been vetted. And you will not need to worry about the safety of the medication.

You will be able to find the official website for the compounding pharmacy to see whether the pharmacists that are working there have proper training. Look for places where the pharmacists have received compounding training and certification from a training centre that is recognized in the industry. They should have the knowledge and training to develop compounded medication and research them.

The quality of the medication

Relies on the expertise of the pharmacist as well as the ingredients have gone into it. You need to make sure that the pharmacy sources their ingredients from reputed suppliers that provide pure and active ingredients for medications. Check I there is a certificate of analysis for the ingredients they use in compound medications. Batch testing should be done by the compound pharmacies to ensure that the medications they create are safe and comply with industry standards.

You can ask whether batch testing is done by the pharmacy itself or whether there is an external agency for it. The priority factors to look for when selecting a compound pharmacy is whether they have quality assurance procedures in place, a secure supply chain and the right qualifications. You can ask them about how they performance test their prescriptions and how they achieve quality control.

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