What is a compounding pharmacy?

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A compounding pharmacy is a long-established tradition in pharmacy practice that enables physicians to prescribe—and patients to take—medicines that are especially prepared by a compounding pharmacist to meet an individual's specific needs. Compounded medications are a vital part of quality medical care since a growing number of people have unique health needs that are not met by over-the-counter prescription medicines. For these individuals, custom-compounded medications prescribed by expert physicians and mixed safely by trained, licensed compounding pharmacists are the only way to better health.

There are many reasons why using a compounding pharmacy is necessary, such as:

  • Treatments that require a customized dose for patients with unique needs
  • Patients who have allergies to certain binders, dyes, or preservatives found in over-the-counter medications
  • Improving compliance for patients who must consume several medications by creating combined prescriptions
  • When the required medication in its original form is difficult or impossible to ingest by the patient, it can be altered to liquid, cream, or any other form that is easier to take

Are Bioidentical Hormone Pharmacies or Compounding Pharmacies Safe?

In order to become a licensed pharmacist, a student must complete pharmacy school, which for every state, requires instruction in the compounding of pharmaceutical ingredients. These pharmacists have studied the compatibility of chemicals and have learned how to prepare alternate dosage forms of medications. Every compounding pharmacy is licensed, inspected, and regulated by their respective state boards of pharmacy.

Additionally, the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board, a national accreditation program, evaluates and grants recognition only to bioidentical hormone pharmacies or compounding pharmacies that meet the highest standards of quality assurance. All compounding pharmacies recommended by BodyLogicMD have this accreditation.

Trusting Only the Best

With an estimated 3,000 compounding pharmacies, filling 30 million prescriptions a year in the United States, consumers have a wide range of choices. The decision in choosing a compounding pharmacy should not be based on proximity, but on industry reputation. A qualified compounding pharmacy needs to have the best products—that are tested—with the most knowledgeable pharmacists and a staff that provides superior customer service.

At BodyLogicMD, only expert bioidentical hormone pharmacies are selected for your customized treatment options. Intensive criteria must be met before BodyLogicMD network will refer a patient to a compounding pharmacy. All compounding pharmacies are not the same—that is why the pharmacies recommended by BodyLogicMD are experienced, reliable, reputable, and cost effective.

Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB)

The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) was formed to provide quality standards for compounding pharmacies through a voluntary accreditation program. PCAB assesses those pharmacies that voluntarily apply, and awards the PCAB Seal of Accreditation to those pharmacies that accept the PCAB requirements, meet the criteria, and comply with the Rules and Terms of the PCAB program, including adherence to PCAB Standards. The PCAB Seal of Accreditation provides evidence of adherence to quality standards and to principles of the profession of pharmacy compounding.

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