How do I go about getting a compounded prescription?

We can compound almost any kind of prescription including:

  • ​Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • ​Dermatology
  • Discontinued Medications
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Ortopedics
  • Pain Management
  • Pediatrics
  • Podiatry
  • Thyroid Replacement
  • Veterinary
  • Weight Loss
  • And many more!

What types of prescriptions can be compounded?

Discontinued medications

The manufacturing of a medication may be discontinued by a pharmaceutical company, due to lack of profit. In this case, a compounding pharmacist might order the ingredients in bulk and compound the product into a particular dose for the patient. (Note: We DO NOT compound medications that have been taken off the market due health risks.)

Allergic Reactions

Patients may need a particular medication or nutritional supplement that is available commercially, but have an allergy to a particular preservative, dye or binder. A compounding pharmacist can likely compound that particular product without the offensive ingredient.  We offer compounding without particular allergens such as:

  • Lactose
  • Gluten
  • Dyes
  • Preservatives
  • Gluten
  • Sugar


Compounding pharmacist can create custom form or uniquely flavored products for special situations such as pediatric or veterinary patients. Compounds are in greater demand for these groups, as the mass produced market products are lacking.

Combining Medications

A compounding pharmacist may be able to combine several medications a patient is taking into one single dosage form to increase compliance. The same situation may apply to a patient taking several nutritional supplements.

Alternate Medication Forms

Some patients cannot take certain medications due to side effects such as upset stomach or systemic side effects like drowsiness. A compounding pharmacist can prepare the medication into multiple alternate forms to prevent unwanted side effects. We can make a patient's prescription into a gel, cream, ointment, suspension, drops, sprays, vaginal or rectal suppositories, capsules, troches, or lollipops.

Innovative Compounding Technology and Techniques Meet Patient Needs

Pharmacy compounding is an established tradition which allows physicians, veterinarians and other prescribing practitioners to prescribe a unique medication for their patients. That medication is prepared by a licensed pharmacist in a safe and carefully controlled environment. A large number of people and animals have unique health needs that one-size-fits-all medications mass produced by pharmaceutical drug companies cannot meet. The method of compounding allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient's specific needs.

What is compounding?

The FDA approval process is intended for mass-produced drugs made by large manufacturers. Because compounded medications are personalized for individual patients, it is not possible for each formulation to go through the FDS's drug approval process, which takes years to complete and is prohibitively expensive, often costing hundreds of millions of dollars.

However, every compounding pharmacy must comply with the regulations set by the State Board of Pharmacy of the state in which the pharmacy is located. Each State Board of Pharmacy has the power to set and enforce regulations for compounding in its state, just as traditional pharmacies are regulated. The ingredients used by compounding pharmacists to make compounds come from FDA-registered and inspected facilities.

Do compounded Medications require FDA Approval?

Fortunately, compounding has experienced a resurgence as modern technology and innovative techniques and research have allowed more pharmacists to customize medications to meet specific patients needs.

The History Behind Compouding

Ask your prescriber about personalized medications, then contact Champs Pharmacy for your compounding needs. We will work with your healthcare provider to personalize a medication to meet your individual needs. 

Trained compounding pharmacists now can personailze medication for patients who need specific:

  • Strengths
  • Dosage Forms
  • ​Flavors
  • Ingredients excluded from medications due to allergies or other sensitivities 

At one time, nearly all prescriptions were compounded. With the advent of mass drug manufacturing in the 1950's and 60's, compounding rapidly declined. The pharmacist's role as a preparer of medications quickly changed to that of a dispenser of manufactured dosage forms, and most pharmacists no longer were trained to compound medications. However, the "one-size-fits-all" nature of many mass-produced medications meant some patients needs were not being met.

Are compounds beneficial for my pet too?

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Champs Pharmacy 

Reasons for Compounding 

Yes! The staff at Champs Pharmacy are pet owners too and we are well aware of the inherent difficulties when giving medications to animals. We can solve those problems with a customized approach to medication. We can enhance liquid medications by adding flavoring, we can make them into an easier to administer form or concentrated doses for smaller animals.

Talk to a Champs pharmacist or representative for more information on compounding for your furry, scaly, or feathered members of your family.