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How can a Compounding Pharmacy help you?

If this is your first time to use a compounding pharmacy, you probably have many questions. We are available to answer your questions individually, but below are some of the most frequently asked questions.

What is compounding?

Compounding is a specialized pharmacy practice allowing physicians, nurse practitioners, veterinarians, dentists, and other health care professionals to prescribe uniquely formulated medications. Medications aren’t one size fits all and this method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with both the patient and the prescriber in order to create a customized medication to help meet a patient’s specific needs. 

Prescriptions can be customized to provide unique doses, dosage forms, and custom flavored preparations for both humans and animals alike. For example, if someone can’t tolerate taking a medication by mouth because they have been experiencing nausea or vomiting, we can compound a specialized form of the medication to bypass this issue. The medication could be made into a transdermal form to be placed on the skin where it can be absorbed.

What kind of prescriptions can be compounded?

Almost any kind of prescription can be compounded. Compounded prescriptions are ideal for any patient requiring unique dosages and/or delivery devices, which can take the form of solutions, suppositories, sprays, oral rinses, or lollipops. 

Compounding applications can include bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, veterinary, pediatric, dental, otic, dermatology, medication flavoring, chronic pain management, neuropathies, sports medicine, infertility, wound therapy, podiatry, and gastroenterology.

Is compounding safe?

Compounding has been part of healthcare since the origins of pharmacy, and is widely used today in all areas of the industry, from hospitals to nuclear medicine. Over the last decade, compounding’s resurgence has largely benefited from advances in technology, quality control and research methodology.  The Food and Drug Administration has agreed that compounded prescriptions are both ethical and legal as long as they are prescribed by a licensed practitioner for a specific patient and compounded by a licensed pharmacy. In addition, compounding is regulated by state boards of pharmacy and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Is custom compounding right for me?

Each compounded medication is formulated specific to you as an individual patient. Since your health is important to our pharmacy staff we are happy to discuss any information about your prescription.  The information is often covered and includes the advice ingredients, what to expect and can answer any other questions. Call us today if you have questions about your prescription.

Do I need a prescription for compound drugs?

Yes, compounded medications must be prescribed by a physician, veterinarian, or other prescribing practitioner.  Over-the-Counter supplements (OTC) and cosmeceutical products do not need prescriptions and are also available for purchase from the pharmacy.

My doctor is not familiar with compounding, how do I ask for a compounded medication from your pharmacy?

The knowledgeable pharmacists here at Coast to Coast Compounding are always willing to talk to your doctor’s office and answer any questions they have about prescribing compounded medications.

Are compounded prescriptions covered by insurance?

Coast to Coast Compounding does accept most insurance plans and are more than happy to bill them when it is cost effective for our patients. Once your prescription is received, a representative will contact you to get the information necessary to attempt billing prescription insurance. However, some insurance companies will not cover compounded medications. In this instance, we can provide you with a claim form to try and obtain reimbursement through your insurance.

Is compounding expensive?

Compounding may or may not cost more than a conventional medication. Its cost depends on factors such as ingredients, equipment, and the time it takes to make the medication. Fortunately, our compounding pharmacists have access to pure-grade quality chemicals which dramatically lower overall costs and allow them to be very competitive with commercially manufactured products.

How do I know if I have a new prescription?

We know how important it is to have your medications. Before we even start compounding a medication we call all of our patients when we receive a new prescription for them. This allows you as a patient to have some peace of mind and our pharmacists the ability to discuss pricing, questions, or any concerns you may have about your newly prescribed compounded medication.

How long will it take to get my prescription?

It typically takes our talented technicians 24-48 hours to have a product compounded and ready to pick up.

What if the pharmacy is too far away to pick up my prescription?

Coast to Coast Compounding can arrange deliver of your  prescription to you in Colorado or in the states where we hold a pharmacy license, with a small shipping fee.  We are expanding our services to other states, please contact the pharmacy to inquire about which states we are able to dispense prescriptions.

When could I expect to feel results from bio identical hormone therapy?

Results are different for each individual. Some patients feel a difference within days. For most patients, however, the process takes 2-6 months to establish a natural balance in hormone levels.

When are your customer care specialists and pharmacists available?

Our customer care specialists and pharmacists are available in office or by phone Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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