FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Ward Specialty Pharmacy offers a wide range of educational opportunities including group meetings and seminars as part of our commitment for the community in achieving optimal health. Our goal is to provide our customers, patient and practitioners alike further insight to help address unique health needs for a higher level of personalized wellness care. We have been passionate in sharing what we know for over 25 years.
What is compounding?
We are all individuals and sometimes the “one-size fits all” approach isn’t beneficial when it comes to medications. Sometimes we need a customized solution. That’s where compounded medications come into the picture. They are “made from scratch,” which means individual pharmaceutical ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength, dosage form, and unique delivery system required for the patient. For example, if a person is unable to take medication orally (perhaps due to nausea), we may be able to place the needed medication into a transdermal cream that will allow the medication to be absorbed through the skin. Some individuals are unable to take a commercial product because it contains a dye, sugar, alcohol or lactose. We can solve the problem by compounding a medication without the problem-causing additive. If an elderly patient or small child needs a reduced strength of medication or is unable to swallow a tablet, we can compound a pleasantly flavored liquid that can be easily administered. Sometimes we can prepare dosage forms containing more than one medication to simplify a confusing schedule and reduce the potential for medication errors. Compounding pharmacies can prepare medications that are no longer available, discontinued or on back order. If you have problems giving medicine to your fur babies, we can help by compounding the drug into a form and flavor that the animal will truly enjoy!
Do All Pharmacies Compound?
Compounding requires skill, specialized equipment and chemicals that are not available in most pharmacies. Our pharmacists have received extensive training in modern compounding techniques and regularly attend continuing education seminars. We also have a support network that continually generates new ideas. By combining the ageless art of compounding with the latest medical knowledge and state-of-the-art technology, we can offer practical solutions for our patients’ medication problems.
Will My Insurance Pay for Compounds?
Some insurance plans covers compounding medications. Other insurance plans allow the patient to be reimbursed by sending in claim forms.
Can you ship my medications?
We can ship your medications via USPS, FedEx or UPS (Standard shipping rates apply)
What if my doctor doesn’t prescribe compounded medication?
Call us today, we can provide you with a list of physicians that are familiar with and prescribe compounded medications or have your doctor call and speak to one of our compounding pharmacists regarding any questions or concerns they might have.