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What is Compounding?

Compounded medications have been around since the origin of pharmacy. Compounding is the art and science of creating customized medications to meet the unique needs of a patient. Until the advent of mass-produced medications, compounding was the only way to prepare medication for common health conditions.


Our pharmacists and staff are specifically trained to compound individual medications for a variety of health conditions. Metcalf Compounding strives to meet the medication needs of all our customers, whether they are human or beloved pets.

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Why would I need compounding?

Physicians and patients often need specially compounded medications in order to:

  • create a specific medication strength

  • provide a different delivery form

  • avoid an allergic medication reaction

  • duplicate a discontinued medication

  • combine medications into a single dose

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Is compounding safe?

Compounding is commonly used in every aspect of pharmacy, from hospitals to nuclear medicine.  The state Board of Pharmacy regulates all compounding pharmacies and every compounded prescription must be prescribed by a licensed practitioner and compounded by a licensed pharmacy.

The Food and Drug Administration has stated 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.

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What types of prescription medications can be compounded?

Compounded prescriptions are ideal for any patient requiring a unique dosage and/or delivery method.  Compounds can take the form of solutions, creams, gels, suppositories, sprays, oral rinses, lollipops or even lozenges.


Compounding is commonly used for:

  • Hormone Therapy for women and men

  • Hospice

  • Pediatric

  • Dental

  • Otic

  • Dermatology

  • Wound Therapy

  • Veterinary

  • Managing Chronic Pain

  • Neurotics

  • Sports Medicine

  • Infertility

  • Gastroenterology

  • Podiatry

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Are physicians familiar with compounding?

Prescriptions for compounded medication are rapidly becoming more common and many physicians are beginning to understand the benefits of a specialized medication regime. As medication specialists, pharmacists and staff at Metcalf Compounding can provide physician referrals.

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Does insurance cover compounding?

Many health plans allow the patient to be reimbursed by sending in claim forms. Ask our staff for more information regarding billing your insurance company