Postoperative Medications from a Compounding Pharmacy
Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients. Compound medications are made based on a physician’s prescription in which the individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form “which produces for that patient a significant difference, as determined by the prescribing practitioner.”
This FAQ addresses the following:
- What are compounded medications?
- Will patients have to pay more for compounded medications?
- How do patients get compounded medications?
- What federal regulations apply to drug compounders?
- Are self-administered compounded medications covered by any health insurance or pharmacy benefits?
- Are Medicare beneficiaries prohibited from obtaining compounded medications?
- Can a physician order and keep an inventory of compounded medications to cover expected demand?
- What is a fair and reasonable charge for in-office dispensing of compounded medications for postop care?
- If medications are provided in the ASC, what rules apply?
- Is a pharmacist or dispensing license required to provide compounded medications from a physician’s office?
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