Prescriber FAQ

Prescriber alert: Key Compounding Pharmacy does not supply any OFFICE USE compounds or manufactured drugs without a patient prescription.

What is Compounding?

Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing unique and individualized medications for patients.  Compounded medications are safe and effective treatment options for patients. Prescribers customize prescriptions for patients when they believe compounded medications are that patient’s best treatment option.

What are the benefits for Compounding?

  • When a medication is not in a dosage form that is commercially available, such as transdermal gels, troches, suppositories, suspensions and lollipops.
  • When a patient is allergic to particular preservatives, dyes or binders that are in manufactured products.
  • When a treatment requires custom-fit dosage strengths for patients with unique needs.
  • When a pharmacist can combine various compatible mediations into a single dosage form for easier administration and improved compliance
  • When a medication requires flavor additives to make them more pleasant for some patients, most often, children
  • When medications are not commercially available.

How is compounding regulated?

All pharmacies and pharmacists are licensed and regulated by State Boards of Pharmacy. Compounding pharmacies has always been regulated by state boards, which are constantly updating their standards and regulations.

In addition, standards set by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) are integrated into the practice of pharmacy compounding. The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) has developed national standards to accredit pharmacies that perform a significant amount of compounding.

Will insurance cover compounded medication?

Patients may be paying a pharmacy directly for a compounded prescription, but many insurance plans may cover the final cost.   Compounding pharmacies can provide a claim form for to the patient to submit to their insurance company for reimbursement.

What kind of prescriptions can be compounded?

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Hospice
  • Pediatrics
  • Pain management
  • Ophthalmology
  • Dentistry
  • Otic
  • Dermatology
  • Medication flavoring
  • Neuropathy
  • Veterinary
  • Sports medicine
  • Wound therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Gastroenterology
  • And many more

Do you compound medications for office use only?

We do not compound medications for OFFICE USE.  We only ship pursuant to a valid prescription prescribed for a specific patient.

What is the process for handling my patient’s compounded prescription?

Click here to view our quality process.

How do I register for one of the webinars in the Key2Health Professional Series?

Please reference the steps in this Visual Guide to Webinar  Registration.