What is Compounding

Compounded Medication and You

A licensed physician has the right to provide you with a prescription based upon his/her knowledge of your health and his/her professional judgment. Depending upon your medical need, the drug that is prescribed for you may be one of two types: a commercially available drug or a compounded medication (the term medication is used to further differentiate compounded drugs from commercially available drugs).

Commercially available drugs (e.g. Premarin, Lasix, Inderal) are:

  • Manufactured by a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspected firm that is compliant with Current Good Manufacturing Practices enforced by the FDA.
  • Available by prescription and are usually obtained at retail pharmacies such as Wal-Mart, Rite Aid, and CVS.
  • Reviewed and approved by the FDA for safety and efficacy. Additionally, commercially available drugs are approved for one or more indications.

Compounded medications are:

  • Prepared by pharmacies that operate under state law, United States Pharmacopeia (USP) requirements and USP Good Compounding Guidelines.
  • Available by prescription only from pharmacies that are equipped to compound medications such as McGuff Compounding Pharmacy Services, Inc.
  • Not reviewed by the FDA or State Boards of Pharmacy for safety and efficacy. The risks and benefits of compounded medications are not established by the FDA or by compounding pharmacies including McGuff Compounding Pharmacy Services, Inc.
  • Your physician will determine if you need a commercially available drug or compounded medication.

Compounded medications are made for specific patients. Understanding your medical condition and informing you of the safety and efficacy of any prescribed commercially available drug or compounded medication is the responsibility of your physician. McGuff Compounding Pharmacy Services, Inc. is responsible for compounding the prescribed medication and for assuring the finished medication meets regulatory and compendia requirements.

It is important to note that McGuff Compounding Pharmacy Services, Inc. may not be able to provide you with compounded medication indications, usage, contraindications, warnings, precautions, adverse reactions and medication incompatibilities. This information is only available for FDA approved commercial drugs. Please contact your physician if you do not understand why you have received a prescription for a commercially available drug or compounded medication.

Patient’s Responsibility to the Physician and Pharmacist

Communication with your physician and pharmacist is important for improving your well-being. You should provide timely feedback to your physician and pharmacist regarding your medical condition. We must understand your needs, observations and concerns. Your health is of primary concern to us all.

Contact Your Doctor if:

  • Your symptoms get worse
  • Your symptoms last a long time
  • After feeling a little better, you develop signs of a more serious problem. Some of these signs are a sick-to-your-stomach feeling, vomiting, high fever, shaking chills and chest pain.
  • Call your doctor for medical advice about side-effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Contact Your Pharmacist if:

  • You have questions about the medication you are receiving.

For proper disposal of expired, damaged, and unusable medications, please call (877) 444-1133 and ask to speak with a pharmacist.