How to Find a Compounding Pharmacy

Two Methods:Finding a Compounding PharmacyContacting a Compounding Pharmacy

Compounding pharmacies produce customised medicines that you cannot get in an ordinary pharmacy. If you have a particular medical condition and the more common drugs are inappropriate, your doctor may prescribe a customised medicine which can only be prepared at a compounding pharmacy. For example, this could happen if you have particular allergies that mean you cannot take the standard drugs.

Method 1
Finding a Compounding Pharmacy

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    Ask your doctor. If your doctor has decided to prescribe you medication which requires you to have the prescription filled at a compound pharmacy, she will generally advise you on how to find one. She will probably have knowledge of those in your area, and may have used one before with a previous patient.
    • When she writes out the script, be sure to ask about how to get it filled, and where you need to go.
    • Ask her to write down the address and contact information of a compounding pharmacy that you can travel to easily.
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    Search online. Perhaps the easiest and quickest way to find a compounding pharmacy near you, if your doctor doesn’t provide you with this information, is just to look online. There are a number of websites that contain listings you can browse or search through. Often the listings will be organised by state so you can start there to narrow down your search.[1][2]
    • Another online search tool enables you to look for compounding pharmacies within a specific number of miles of a zip code.[3]
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    Contact professional organisations. Compounding pharmacists are specialists in their field, and one way to find a local provider to is contact the international professional body. The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists maintain a list of their members, sorted by location. You will be able to direct dial numbers from this site.[4]
    • This will give you a clearer picture of the professional credentials of a specific pharmacists.
    • It is a highly regulated industry, and is subject to the oversight of the State Boards of Pharmacy.[5]
    • You can browse a list of registered compounding outsourcing facilities on the FDA website.[6]
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    Call your local pharmacist. Another option is to call up your local high street pharmacist and ask them to refer you to a compounding pharmacy nearby. Explain that you have a prescription which you can only get filled at a compounding pharmacy, and ask to be given the relevant contact details.

Method 2
Contacting a Compounding Pharmacy

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    Contact a compounding pharmacy in your state. Once you have identified some compounded pharmacies, call them up to ask if they can fill your prescription. In the first instance you should contact a pharmacy in your state. Not only is this likely to be more convenient, but you should bear in mind that some compounding pharmacies will only have a licence to operate in a specific state.[7]
    • If this is the case, and you are crossing state lines, the pharmacies may be unable to dispense your prescription.
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    Consider the pharmacy’s quality assurance programme. If you come across a number of compounding pharmacies in your area you may want to consider which one to contact first. Remember that this is a highly regulated industry, but a physician looking to make contact and develop a partnership with a compounding pharmacy will often seek to determine how the pharmacy is run, and what quality assurance programmes they have.
    • A doctor might ask whether the pharmacy uses Professional Compounding Centres of America tested formulas and pharmaceutical ingredients.
    • A doctor might also ask about the training schemes for staff in the pharmacy, and how patients are instructed on how to take their medication.[8]
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    If in doubt, ask your doctor. If you have found some compound pharmacies but are at all uncertain about which one to visit, be sure to check in with your doctor and ask her advice. She will most likely have a better knowledge of the local services than you do, and more experience of working with different compounding pharmacies and pharmacists.
    • Don’t worry about annoying or hassling your doctor, but always be polite and patient.

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