What is a Compounding Pharmacy?
NextGenRx is first and foremost known as your local compounding pharmacy. But what is a compounding pharmacy, and how is it different from other pharmacies?
Traditionally, compounding pharmacies were created to make drugs prescribed by doctors for specific patients whose needs can not be met at traditional pharmacies.
For example, a child might need a small, liquid dose of a drug made only in pill form for adults. Or, someone may be allergic to an ingredient in a commercial version of a drug prescribed to them.
In these cases and others like them, a compounding pharmacy would make the patient’s drug especially for them in the proper dosage and form.
A patient’s relationship with a compounding pharmacy always starts with a problem – a child who cannot swallow the pills prescribed to them, a much-needed drug that is in short supply, or a patient with a gluten allergy. In each of these cases, the patient cannot be served by mass-produced medications. A compounding pharmacy is able to provide the solution for the patient.
If a prescriber sends you to a compounding pharmacy, it might be because:
- You have an allergy to an ingredient used in the medication prescribed to you, such as lactose, gelatin or dyes.
- The prescription is for a child. Since most medications are created with adults in mind, it made need to be created with a smaller dosage and possibly in liquid form. Even if the medication is normally dispensed in pill form, compounding pharmacies can provide liquid form for children who cannot swallow pills.
- The medication needs customization to meet your medical needs such as prescription eye drops, toothpaste, or hormone therapy creams.
- The medication is not commercially available by a pharmaceutical company.
- Your medication is off-label, meaning it is being prescribed by your doctor for a reason other than the one it was FDA-approved to treat.
- You need to take custom hormones. Patients who need custom hormones but do not want to give themselves a shot don’t have to when they have other options available to them through a compounding pharmacy – such as creams, capsules, suppositories, and troches.
A compounding pharmacy takes these problems and solves them by creating medication from scratch. Most pharmacies simply dispense medications that arrive at the pharmacy pre-made. Compounding pharmacies, however, have pharmacists that customize medications for each individual patient and their needs.
All ingredients are kept on-hand at the pharmacy, and when a patient needs a particular treatment, the compounding pharmacist on-hand mixes it together. Due to this, compounded medications are not FDA-approved, but they are regulated by state boards of pharmacy instead.
If your doctor has written a prescription for a compounded drug, you must fill it at a compounding pharmacy. It’s important to ensure that the compounding pharmacy that you choose can meet certain standards, and that’s where NextGenRx comes in.
From the beginning, NextGenRx has prided ourselves in building a pharmacy with quality, individualized medicine for an affordable cost through eliminating the middle man. Our goal is to provide you, the patient, with a positive experience without dealing with insurance companies while also lowering the cost of medications.
With more than 30 years of experience in compounding, our staff works to solve patients’ health care problems through unique formulas not all pharmacies can offer. We aim to serve our patients with top-quality service, uncompromised quality, and affordable prices.