What Is a Compounding Pharmacy?

A compounding pharmacy provides solutions to the needs of individuals by creating a pharmaceutical preparation (drug) in which commercialized medications do not offer. When people need unique dosages, formulas, flavors, etc. – compounding pharmacies can provide them with a drug that meets their needs.

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What Is the Difference Between a Traditional and a Compounding Pharmacy?

Many people assume that a compounding pharmacy is simply another name for a traditional pharmacy, but they are quite different. Though pharmacists from both places graduate from a pharmaceutical school and can fill subscriptions, a compound pharmacist needs more specialized training to learn the art and science of compounding. In traditional pharmacies, the medications sold come from the manufacturer in their final doses and mixtures, whereas a compounding pharmacist makes the medication from raw ingredients and can customize the final product.

Which Medications Can Be Compounded?

Almost any medication can be compounded by a compounding pharmacist. Medications that require a unique form such as: nasal sprays, flavoring, topical gels, etc are often the common forms that we see. Here at Compounding Pharmacy of America, we create unique medications for many different uses including:

  • Dental
  • Dermatology
  • Urology
  • Pets
  • Pediatric
  • Ophthalmology
  • Hormone optimization
  • Topical pain gels
  • Hospice
  • And more.

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How Do Compounding Pharmacists Customize Medications?

With a physician’s prescription, a compounding pharmacist can:

  • Adjust dosage for strength or quantity.
  • Change the medication’s form. For instance, they could create a liquid for those averse to pills.
  • Formulate the medication to exclude non-essential ingredients, like dyes or gluten.

Additionally, a compounding pharmacy can flavor certain medications to a patient’s specification – a crucial ability when creating medications for children who may be reluctant to take medication. Other medications can be put into those liquids as well as into topical creams or suppositories. What’s important to understand is that there isn’t a commercial substitute for a compounded medication. It’s designed to address a patient’s unique and specific needs.

Why Was My Prescription Called Into A Compounding Pharmacy?

Your physician prescribed a medication that needs to be created from scratch for you. It can’t be bought in the marketplace, and it can’t be used by anyone else. We’re a compounding pharmacy, which means we compound prescriptions your neighborhood pharmacy can’t formulate. All of our prescriptions are made from individual ingredients mixed together in the strength and dosage that your physician prescribed.

Who Can Take Compounded Medications?

Anyone can take compounded medications. A lot of the medications are made primarily for elders and children since they sometimes require specialized dosages or prescription forms to take their medication. Children won’t always take their required prescription because of the taste or smell, and we offer yummy flavors to get your child to take the prescription. Compounded medications are also popular for pets because they come in all shapes and sizes. Your pet may need a unique form in order to actually take the medicine or their size may require a special dosage.

Pets may also need a unique form of medication or a specialized dosage due to body weight, so we offer all shapes and sizes.

Which States Does Your Compounding Pharmacy Service?

We are fully licensed in a few states. Our goal is to be licensed in every state soon and we’re currently working towards this goal. For now, the states we can service are found here.

How Can I Check the Price of My Prescription?

Feel free to give us a call at (865) 243-2488 to determine the costs associated with your prescription.

Is The Compounding Pharmacy of America Accredited?

The Compounding Pharmacy of America is accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC).

How Long Does It Take to Fill My Prescription?

The time it takes to create a complex, individualized compound will vary depending on the prescription, but the majority of orders ship the day they are placed.

Will I Have to Sign for My Package?

It depends. If your prescription is a controlled substance, then an adult must sign for the package. If it’s not a controlled substance, then the delivery method can be left to the driver.

How Do I Dispose of My Medication?

Each medication has specific disposal requirements. Follow any disposal instructions on the prescription drug label or patient information sheet accompanying the medication. If you are unsure of the disposal requirements, contact your local law enforcement office, pharmacy, or municipal or county government to learn about any medication take-back programs in your area. The FDA provides additional information on medication disposal.

Can You Call My Doctor for Refills?

Yes. We can handle any prescription refill requests.

I Don’t See the Medication I Am Looking For on Your Website. Does That Mean You Don’t Carry It?

No. Due to the extensive amount of medication formulations, we don’t advertise a comprehensive list. Give us a call or use our online query form. We’ll let you know if it’s available.

How Do I Order Prescriptions?

Ordering is simple. Depending on the type of prescription and the prescription alteration form, you can download one of our order forms and then do ONE of the following:

  • Have your physician fax it to (888) 689-9892.
  • Drop it off at 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 136, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919.
  • Or have your physician phone in the order by calling (865) 243-2488

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