Compounded medications are prescriptions that are written by a physician, veterinarian or other legally authorized prescriber and prepared for an individual patient. They are not commercially available; rather, they are prepared by a pharmacist to meet an individual’s unique needs as determined by the prescriber.
Compounded medications are necessary for a variety of reasons.
- When a child needs a dose smaller than the manufactured dose.
- When a patient cannot tolerate an inactive ingredient in a manufactured medicine.
- When a doctor believes a medicine is needed for his or her patient, but a manufacturer has discontinued the medicine for economic reasons.
- The commercially available product is not available.