Compounding pharmacies — FAQs
What is a compounding pharmacy?
Compounding pharmacies are unique pharmacies that prepare medications for specific patient needs and requirements. They can make particular formulations if needed; however, most people take commercially prepared medications without side effects. These medications are not commercially available (mass-produced-FDA-approved drugs).
Some people need medications that are not commercially available. That is where compounding pharmacies come in. They were the “normal” way drugs were dispensed until the 20th century when medications started to become mass-produced by drug manufacturers.
Are there compounding pharmacists?
Yes, compounding pharmacies have pharmacists who can take an order by a prescriber and use their knowledge about the medication and specific patient. They can be formulated to remove inactive ingredients that can cause adverse effects or allergic reactions.
Federal laws dictate the type of compounding services offered at compounding pharmacies. There are also state regulations requiring licensing for pharmacies compared to community hospital pharmacies.
How are compounding pharmacies different from traditional pharmacies?
Mass-produced medications offer compounding services but do not have the same specialized equipment or certifications of compounding pharmacies.
Compounding pharmacies can also compound medications and create more complex remedies. For example, community pharmacists can combine two or more creams to make it compounded. Or they may combine liquid medications for patients who may have difficulty with swallowing pills.
What results can I expect from a compounded medication?
The majority of patients have great results from medications from a compounded pharmacy. That said, there are no guarantees, just as with mass-manufactured medications.
Our pharmacists follow precise preparation that prepares medications precisely as the prescriber intends. If you have any adverse effects, you can discuss concerns with your compounding pharmacist.
What is meant by FDA approval?
Larger drug manufacturers spend years developing and testing medications under strict conditions. Once this is done, the drug is submitted for FDA approval.
Compounding pharmacies can take commercially available medications and turn them into compounded medications. For example, they can take medicine and turn an oral tablet into a liquid suspension. Any medication outside of these testing measures is not considered FDA-approved.
The chemicals at compounded pharmacies are FDA-registered, or FDA inspected facilities and must follow a strict vendor process before any patient can receive medication. At 7 Cells Pharmacy, we have to follow strict regulations and laws set by the FDA and are also regulated by states as to what drugs can or cannot be compounded.
What compounded medications does 7 Cells Pharmacy offer?
Your safety with the medications we provide is our top priority. Our compounding pharmacy follows strict guidelines for drug preparation. We offer medications that include:
If you have questions or concerns about compounded medications, call or visit us at:
- Address: 600 SE Indian Street, Suite 3, Stuart, FL 34997
- Phone: 561-467-5333
- Fax: 561-467-4899
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