Why Do Patients Need Access to Compounded Medicines?

drug-compoundingCompounding occurs when a medicine has to be created because the strength, concentration, or dosage form that is needed for a specific patient is not commercially available. Compounding is done under the oversight of a state board of pharmacy rather than the FDA. Although these quality standards are universal from state to state, oversight and enforcement of these standards varies.

Typically, when you think of a compounded medication, you think of the capsule, cream, or gel you can get at your local pharmacy. But compounded medicines also can be created as a liquid to be swallowed or injected into the body. Compounded medicines are often made in small quantities to meet the needs of specific or anticipated patients.

Many health care organizations have the facilities and resources to compound medications safely in-house. However, some health care organizations will turn to compounding companies either to prepare these patient-specific products or to obtain other medicines that are temporarily unavailable due to a drug shortage.

There are many guidelines available for pharmacy professionals to use when they are looking for a quality compounding supplier. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), which operates www.SafeMedication.com, encourages hospitals and health systems to research compounding companies extensively and to make sure that the compounded preparations these companies provide are prepared in accordance with state and federal standards and applicable quality standards.

ASHP is working diligently with Congress and the FDA to ensure that the right changes are made to federal law and regulations to prevent an event like the one at NECC from ever occurring again.

It’s clear that there is a real patient need for compounded medicines. Hospitals and health systems that either compound medications or work with outside compounding companies ensure that their patients will receive the medicines they need in a timely fashion.

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What Customers Are Saying About The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills


Kevin H. / Rancho Cucamonga, CA – This pharmacy has extremely friendly staff who always make an effort to provide the best service. Without a doubt, one of the most efficient pharmacies I have ever been to. If you have a need for a compounded medication, you can’t do much better than here.


 Tiffany G. / Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA – I’ve been getting my prescriptions here for years on the recommendation of my doctor.  They mail me my Rx so I never go it, but this time I was in the neighborhood and thought I would stop in. What a cool place and the people are as nice in person as on the phone. I swear by their compounding. My doctor checks my blood work regularly and it shows how well they work. I’ve been to another compounding pharmacy and after a month of taking their meds my blood work looked like I hadn’t taken a thing and I felt terrible. So, I switched back to this pharmacy and will never change again.


 Gobi R. / Los Angeles, CA – If you’re looking for the small town warm of a local pharmacy, this is the spot. I had called Sam and he invited me to come in and pick up an article on Colustrum. He was very helpful and I can’t recommend him and his pharmacy enough.


 Karin K. / Los Angeles, CA – If your doctor has prescribed you a compounded medication- you must try out the Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills. The pharmacists are compounding specialists and are incredibly helpful and knowledgable. Additionally, the staff is very friendly and provides a family feeling environment. I would give them 6 stars if I could! I promise you won’t be disappointed!


Lisa B. / Los Angeles, CA – I needed to get a compounded prescription for my cat (eg flavored prednisone), and so far so good. My cat HATES medicine of all varieties. Try sneaking something into his food: nope. Will not eat. He is a terror, and forcing it into him is not an option. At the advice of my vet, I tried this pharmacy (triple fish flavor, FYI). I added the fluid to his food tonight and he ate with more gusto than I have ever seen him eat. SUCCESS. Plus, the folks at this pharmacy were super nice and took a lot of time to be sure I knew how to administer the drugs. LOVE them!