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How do commercially available drugs and compounded drugs differ?

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The differences between compounded medication versus commercial medication center around the patient and their unique health needs.

Pharmaceutical companies manufacture FDA-approved medications in large quantities. These medications are often manufactured in a few different strengths and dosage forms and have a high price associated with them due to brand-name patents. The Food & Drug Administration handles the approval and regulation of commercial drugs.

Your physician and pharmacist work together to design compounded medications that fit your unique healthcare needs. Pharmacists are the only health professionals trained in customizing medication formulas. In fact, before the era of drug manufacturers, all medications were custom-made in pharmacies.

What can compounding pharmacies make?

A mature woman taking medication compounded specifically for her needs.

Compounding pharmacies can work with patients who are allergic to the inactive ingredients in commercially produced medications. Your compounding pharmacist will reformulate the drug without the inactive ingredient, providing you with an allergen-free alternative.

You will often find common allergens in commercially manufactured medications. Common inactive ingredients in commercial drugs include dyes, soy, and casein. Compounding pharmacists will replace the allergen with a safe alternative in the formula.

Do you have a child who has difficulty swallowing capsules or tablets? A compounding pharmacist can create a different form of medication that will be much easier or tolerable for the patient. Take hard-to-swallow pills, reformulated into oral solutions, lollipops, or even gummy treats to satisfy your loved one. Some prescription medications just flat out do not taste good, but we can add in various flavors that will make a difference when it comes time for your child to take their medicine!

Any parent knows that it can be challenging for infants to take medication. A compounding pharmacy can provide compounded drugs through specialized bottles and even pacifiers. These dosages can be used for over-the-counter medications as well. If you are having difficulties getting your little one to take prescription or OTC medicine, let us customize a dosage form that will help!

Compounding pharmacies can compound hormone replacement therapies in various delivery methods. These medications are beneficial for women experiencing post-menopausal symptoms (such as night sweats and hot flashes).

We offer more compounding pharmacy services than are available to list. Please, don’t hesitate to speak with a pharmacist about how we can personalize your care.

Are medications made safely in a compounding pharmacy?

Yes! The safety of our patients is Fort Worth Pharmacy’s number one priority. Under the oversight of a licensed pharmacist, our customized formulations benefit from years of practiced experience. Our pharmacists are specially trained in pharmaceutical compounding and work closely with your doctor to provide quality and reliable medications. We are required to comply with the methods and requirements outlined in USP 795.

USP 795 provides guidance for pharmacists to follow. Our compounders use precision scales to measure the mass of each ingredient added. Non-sterile compounding practice is subject to oversight by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy regulations and federal laws related to a compounding pharmacy.

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