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"Pharmaceutical compounding (done in compounding pharmacies) is the creation of a particular pharmaceutical product to fit the unique need of a patient. To do this, compounding pharmacists combine or process appropriate ingredients using various tools. This may be done for medically necessary reasons, such as to change the form of the medication from a solid pill to a liquid, to avoid a non-essential ingredient that the patient is allergic to, or to obtain the exact dose(s) needed or deemed best of particular active pharmaceutical ingredient(s). It may also be done for more optional reasons, such as adding flavors to a medication or otherwise altering taste or texture. Compounding is most routine in the case of intravenous/parenteral medication, typically by hospital pharmacists, but is also offered by privately owned compounding pharmacies and certain retail pharmacies for various forms of medication. Whether routine or rare, intravenous or oral, etc., when a given drug product is made or modified to have characteristics that are specifically prescribed for an individual patient, it is known as "traditional" compounding." Wikipedia

There is a difference between a pharmacist and a compounding pharmacist. Whether your insurance covers a compounding pharmacist is another matter you will need to investigate. A prescription from a medical doctor is usually required for the compounding pharmacy to make the prescription. The base ointment can be any type the pharmacist has available or prescribed by the physician. This is like the old fashioned pharmacist who has a motar and pestal

Motar and Pestal
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Links
Professional Compounding Centers of America

Find a Local Compounding Pharmacy Near You

Walgreens Pharmacy Compounding Services

How do I Find a Compounding Pharmacy Near Me?

FDA Human Drug Compounding

FDA Registered Outsourcing Facilities

 

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