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What is "Prescription Compounding" or "Pharmacy Compounding"?

Compounding is the physician-directed pharmaceutical science of making a medication specifically compatible for an individual.

In this day and age, most medications are mass produced; that is, they are made in bulk by large pharmaceutical companies for thousands of people who at some time may need to have a prescription filled. In many instances, mass-produced medications will work just fine for a patient who has fallen ill;however, in some instances, a mass-produced medication will not work or be tolerated. Something about the medication is not compatible with the patient's unique physiological makeup.

It could be the strength causing the medication to not be tolerated (too much medication in each dose). It could be the delivery form (the person who doesn't care for pills). It could be an inactive ingredient that causes a side effect (like a child being lactose intolerant). Based strictly on a doctor's formulation, compounding allows a specially trained pharmacist to make a specific medication more compatible for patients who need specialized attention. Compounding pharmacists use raw chemicals, powders, liquids, and special equipment to make each individual medication one at a time.

Are Physician Treatment Options Expanded via Compounding?

Yes. By utilizing compounded formulations, physicians can radically expand their treatment armamentarium by formulating creative, individualized medications that can improve compliance, maximize the potential for therapeutic success, and reduce the overall cost of pharmaceutical care. There are many cases where compounding can benefit the patient; here are some of the most common:

  • The patient requires a customized dose of a medication
  • The patient has difficulty taking a medication in its commercially available form.
  • The patient needs a medicine that has been discontinued by the manufacturer.
  • The patient is allergic to certain agents used to make a medication

Is Compounding Safe & Legal?

Absolutely. Licensed by the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy and certified by the US Drug Enforcement Agency, Alpha Direct Compounding strictly complies with all state and federal regulations. The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy sets and enforces regulations for compounding and traditional pharmacies alike. Additionally, ingredients used for medication compounds come strictly from FDA-registered and inspected facilities.

Is Alpha Direct Compounding a Trusted Compounding Resource?

Alpha Direct Compounding has more than20years' experience compounding sterile and non-sterile medications. Our pharmacists have received extensive training in compounding techniques and have access to a support network that generates a constant exchange of ideas and innovations. We are also active members of the Professional Compounding Accredited Board.

Alpha Direct Compounding's single focus is to make sure patients receive the absolute highest quality medications. We have the ability to ship nationwide in less than 24-48 hours and SHIPPING IS ALWAYS FREE! Alpha Direct Compounding accepts prescriptions from licensed prescribers via the phone or hard copy. By law, Alpha Direct Compounding is not allowed to dispense any compounded medications without an authorized prescription from a licensed prescriber. We would be happy to speak with you regarding questions you may have about compounding or the prescribing process. Call us today. You'll be glad you did!