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:

  1. What are compounded medications?
  2. Will patients have to pay more for compounded medications?
  3. How do patients get compounded medications?
  4. What federal regulations apply to drug compounders?
  5. Are self-administered compounded medications covered by any health insurance or pharmacy benefits?
  6. Are Medicare beneficiaries prohibited from obtaining compounded medications?
  7. Can a physician order and keep an inventory of compounded medications to cover expected demand?
  8. What is a fair and reasonable charge for in-office dispensing of compounded medications for postop care?
  9. If medications are provided in the ASC, what rules apply?
  10. Is a pharmacist or dispensing license required to provide compounded medications from a physician’s office?


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