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What is Compounding?

  • Compounding
  • What is Compounding?

Compounded medications are prescriptions that are written by a physician, veterinarian or other legally authorized prescriber and prepared for an individual patient. The medications are not commercially available; rather, they are prepared by a pharmacist in the exact dosage form required 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 such as preservatives or dyes.
  • When oral dosage forms cause unwanted side effects. We can take the active chemicals and compound them into a topical transdermal application that is absorbed without use of the stomach and/or liver.
  • When a doctor believes a medicine is needed for his or her patient, but a manufacturer has discontinued the medicine.

Compounded medications are safe and effective treatment options for patients. Fort Wayne Custom Rx compounds medications in our lab with state-of-the-art equipment. We prepare many different types of medications including veterinary medications. We are dedicated to protecting our patients by practicing safe, high-quality compounding. That is why, in 2011, we electively became accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB®). Our accreditation proves that we are among the best in our field. Stop in and speak with me or one of our other pharmacists or nurses to find out the countless possibilities that exist when medications are customized to meet the unique needs of each patient.


Gregg Russell
Pharm.D., Owner

Does your doctor know about compounding?

Prescription compounding is a rapidly growing component of many physicians’ practices, but some doctors may not realize the extent of compounding’s resurgence in recent years due to today’s climate of aggressive marketing by drug manufacturers. Ask your healthcare practitioner about compounding. Through the triad relationship of patient, prescriber, and pharmacist, we can work together to address unique medical needs.