Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Compounding Pharmacy?
There is a vast difference between a pharmacy that compounds and a true compounding pharmacy. Your physician and/or you should evaluate the pharmacy before you fill your compounded prescription.
Are compounding pharmacies regulated?
Compounding pharmacies are regulated rigorously by the State Board of Pharmacy in each state.
Is the compounding pharmacy specifically designed for compounding?
Take a tour of the pharmacy. A compounding lab should have adequate ventilation and a space solely dedicated to compounding. A comprehensive compounding pharmacy will have a certified clean room if they compound sterile compounds and proper storage for chemicals and ingredients.
What type of specialized equipment is used in preparing the compound?
An ointment mill should be used to decrease particle size and increase penetration of transdermal creams. A homogenizer should be used to decrease particle size of liquids for better absorption.
Where does the pharmacy buy its chemicals?
Make sure the pharmacy is acquiring their chemicals from a FDA approved chemical house.
Does the pharmacy random batch test with an independent lab?
The pharmacy should send samples to a third party lab to be tested for potency to make sure you are getting the proper strength and quality in your medications.
What is the experience and knowledge of the compounding pharmacists?
Ask how many years the pharmacists have been compounding and what type of advanced training they have obtained. Ask the pharmacists in charge about their training protocols.
Inquire with the State Board of Pharmacy to ensure your pharmacy is compliant and does not have complaints or actions against it.