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Compounding

A growing number of people and animals have unique health needs that off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all prescription medicines cannot meet. For them, customized medications are essential.

What is compounding?

Pharmacy compounding involves preparing personalized medications for patients. Compounded medications are made based on a practitioner’s prescription. Individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient.

This enables compounding pharmacists to work with patients and prescribers to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs.

Rite Choice can produce unique dosage forms based on patient preferences and/or restrictions. Examples include dye-free, preservative-free, alcohol-free, and/or sugar-free forms of medications.

Many compounds are specialized medication combinations or compounded in other forms that are not otherwise commercially available.

Are compounded medications safe and effective?

Compounded medications are similar to the so-called “off-label” use of FDA-approved drugs. When the FDA approves a specific drug as safe and effective, this determination applies only to the specific disease or condition for which the drug was tested. But physicians and veterinarians often prescribe medications for treatments for which they have not been specifically approved.

Medical professionals do this because, in their judgment, the treatment is in the best interest of the individual patient. Similarly, medical professionals often prescribe compounded medications because they believe it is the best medical option for their patients. It is estimated that one-fifth of all prescriptions written for FDA-approved drugs are for uses for which they were not specifically approved.

Our pharmacists are trained in compounding a wide variety of ointments, gels, syrups, suspensions, suppositories, capsules and other formulations that can make medications easier to take, address any special health problems, or just simply get you feeling better, faster.