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5 ways to start the conversation about compounded medications with your doctor

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Monday, August 1, 2011

You may have questions about a compounded prescription handed to you by your doctor, or want to learn more about a compounded option your doctor hasn't brought up yet. Starting the conversation doesn't have to be difficult or awkward and typically starts in one of the following five ways.

  • I heard about a treatment involving a compounded medication and would like to know more. Are you familiar with this compounded medication?
  • My regular pharmacy told me that my drug is backordered and unavailable. Can I get it from a compounding pharmacy?
  • I think I might have an allergy to an ingredient in my medication. Could a compounded version of my medicine help?
  • The person for whom I care is unable or refuses to take his medicine. What options do I have for adding or changing the flavor or dosage form?
  • I take multiple drugs and have a difficult time swallowing so many pills. Could a compounding pharmacy combine them into one capsule to make it easier?
And if your doctor recommends a compounding pharmacy, follow up with these two questions.
  • Why do you recommend that pharmacy?
  • Does the pharmacy specialize in compounding? 

Learn how to talk to your doctor about compounded medications

We've recently published information about how to talk to your doctor about compounded medications. It is a downloadable booklet from our website. In it, you will get a comprehensive overview of

  • What compounding is and how it may help you
  • When compounding is appropriate
  • How to start a conversation with your doctor about compounded medications
  • How to choose the compounding pharmacy that's right for you
Your copy of Talk to your doctor about compounded medications from Wedgewood Pharmacy is now available for download. 

Renee Lupo, R.Ph., F.A.C.A., F.A.C.V.P.
Renee Lupo, R.Ph., F.A.C.A.
Technical-Services Pharmacist
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About Renee Lupo

Renee Lupo, R. Ph, F.A.C.A., F.A.C.V.P., technical-services pharmacist for Wedgewood Pharmacy, was the company's lead technical/clinical pharmacist, working with prescribers and their staffs to develop custom formulations. She passed away on May 31, 2012, after a brief illness. A scholarship was established in her name at the University of the Sciences.

The views expressed on this blog are solely those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Wedgewood Pharmacy.

Medications compounded by Wedgewood Pharmacy are prepared at the direction of a veterinarian. Many compounded preparations are commonly prescribed, and supported by literature, to treat particular disease states, but you should always consult your veterinarian before taking or administering any compounded medication. Wedgewood Pharmacy does not make claims for the efficacy of its compounded preparations.

Renee Lupo, R.Ph., F.A.C.A., Technical-Services Pharmacist 8/1/2011 8:35:00 AM

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