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What is pharmacy compounding?
Pharmacy compounding is the customized preparation of a medicine that is not otherwise commercially available. A growing number of people and and animals have unique health needs that “one size fits all” prescription medications cannot meet. Many times customized medications are the only way to better health.

Will my prescription card pay for a compounded medication?
Central Drug sets itself apart from other compounding pharmacies by filing insurance claims for our patients. Insurance can be tricky, but our staff is trained to file compounded prescription claims and get them paid whenever possible.

Who are compounding pharmacists?
Pharmacy compounding is a centuries-old, well-regulated, and common practice. Compounding has evolved into a specialty practice within the pharmacy community today. New applications to meet today’s patient needs require additional education, equipment, and processes that not all pharmacies possess. Pharmacy is one of the most respected and trusted professions in the United States. In a recent survey, pharmacists rank second (only behind nurses) as the most trusted professionals in our society.

What dosage forms are compounded medications available in?
The list is endless: • Capsules-regular and gradual absorption • Creams-topical, rectal, vaginal • Dental Preparations • Ear Drops-solutions, suspensions • Enemas • Gels-oral, topical, transdermal • Injectables • Lip Balms-anesthetic, sunscreen, antiviral and more • Lotions • Mouthwashes • Non-Aerosol Sprays-nasal, oral • Ointments • Pediatric and Geriatric Formulations • Physical Therapy Formulations • Popsicles • Powders • Suppositories-rectal, vaginal, urethral • Suspension

Does my doctor, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant know about compounding?Prescription compounding is a rapidly growing component of many providers’ practices. Some may not realize the extent of compounding’s resurgence in recent years. Ask them about compounding. Then get in touch with Central Drug—we are committed to facilitating the provider, patient and pharmacist relationship!

Are compounded medications safe and effective? How do you know?Compounded medications are similar to the “off-label” use of FDA-approved drugs. When the FDA approves a specific drug as safe and effective, the determination applies only to the specific disease or condition for which the drug was tested. But providers and veterinarians often prescribe medications for treatment for which they have not been specifically approved. Medical professionals do this because in their judgment, the treatment is in the best interest of the individual patient. Similar

Why do we still need compounded medications if there are thousands of FDA-approved drugs on the market for just about any ailment?
Restricting a prescriber’s access to compounded medications would be a serious mistake; some valuable medications are only available by compounding. Because of the economics of pharmaceutical manufacturing, FDA approved drugs that serve a limited population are often discontinued by manufacturers. In most of these cases, the only option left for prescribers and their patients is to have a compounding pharmacist make the discontinued drug from scratch using pharmaceutical grade ingredients.

What suppliers sell ingredients to compounding pharmacies? How are these suppliers regulated?
Just like big pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, compounding pharmacies get their ingredients from medications from suppliers that are registered and inspected by the FDA. Central Drug is proud to be a member of the Professional Compounding Centers of America, or PCCA, whose training and products are the best the industry has to offer.

Can I prepay my prescription online?
We currently only accept payment at the pharmacy.

How can I transfer prescriptions from another pharmacy?
Either stop by our location or call us to transfer prescriptions.

What if I forgot to pick up my prescription at the indicated time?
We will hold you prescription for seven days. If you've forgotten to pick up your prescription in this time, call us and we'll be happy to refill it.

Can I pick up my mother's prescription? What information do I need?
You must show the proper identification and you must be an authorized caregiver for the patient whose prescription you are picking up.

Can I use my prescription card at your pharmacy?
Yes, we support most major insurance companies.

Can you help me with Medicare Part D questions?
Yes, we have trained Medicare Part D professionals on staff.

If I have no refills remaining, can I still request a refill online?
Yes, we will contact your physician for you to request a refill. You will be required to enter your phone number so we may contact you at a later time.

If I order my prescription now, when will it be ready for pickup?
When requesting a refill online, you will receive a confirmation which will include the estimated time your prescription will be ready.