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What is Compounding and Compounded Medications?

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Pharmacies Turn Drugs Into Profits, Pitting Insurers vs. Compounders
"It may be the biggest thing in diaper rash treatment, a custom-made product to soothe a baby's bottom at the eye-popping price of $1,600.
 
This is no Desitin or Balmex, or any other brand found in stores. This cream is blended to order in a pharmacist's lab.
 
Does it work better than the common treatments? There is little evidence either way. But the sky-high prices commanded by such compounded medicines are drawing the ire of health insurance companies that must pick up the bill. They say the industry is profiteering at their expense."
 

 
The New York Times
Should doctors and patients be informed when high-risk pharmacy compounded products are used?
"The fungal meningitis outbreak that's been gripping the country since last fall has now affected 678 patients and caused 44 deaths. Contaminated steroid injections tied to the outbreak have led to a wake-up call about a dangerous gap in regulatory oversight of compounding pharmacies that mix some injectable medications. In an earlier blog, I noted that such compounded preparations are not approved by the FDA and pharmacies also are generally not FDA-inspected. So there is inherent risk when a compounding pharmacy acts as a manufacturer using non-sterile drug powder. In most states, including Pennsylvania, compounding pharmacy sterile processes do not undergo intensive state inspection.
 
Should these conditions warrant disclosure to those prescribing and administering the medication and to patients who receive the compounded medications? Do healthcare providers even consider whether they have an ethical and legal obligation to inform end users when they dispense high risk sterile products (injectables made from non-sterile ingredients) prepared by a compounding pharmacy. To do that, doctors who inject these products need to be informed of the source. We decided to probe into pharmacy staff viewpoints about whether or not such transparency should be a part of the picture."
 

 
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