Island Drug is the only Compounding Pharmacy on Whidbey Island!
Compounding is a term referring to the process of creating customized
medications for patients who cannot take commercially available forms of medications
for a variety of reasons. We have the ability to customize the flavor, form, and
strength of your medication, if you and your doctor feel that it would be your best
treatment option. In addition, we can compound natural hormone and thyroid replacement
products, which are not commercially available. We have an entire room dedicated
to compounding with all of the latest equipment, to ensure that the products made
for you are of the best quality.
These are some of the compounding solutions we offer:
Frequently Asked Questions about Custom Prescription Compounding
How does compounding benefit me?
Many patients are allergic to preservatives or dyes, or sensitive to standard drug
strengths. With a physician's consent, a compounding pharmacist can change the strength
of a medication, alter its form to make it easier for the patient to ingest or use,
or add flavor to make it more palatable. Anyone can use and benefit from compounded
prescriptions should the need arise. Almost any prescription can be compounded.
Low overall costs of onsite compound preparation make compounded prescriptions very
competitive with commercially manufactured products.
Will my insurance cover compounded medications?
Because compounded medications are exempt by law from having the National Drug Code
ID numbers that commercial products have, some insurance companies will not directly
reimburse the compounding pharmacy. However, almost every insurance plan allows
for the patient to be reimbursed by sending in claim forms. While you may be paying
the pharmacy initially for a compounded prescription, most insurance plans should
cover the final cost.
Is compounding legal?
The Food and Drug Administration has stated that compounded prescriptions are both
ethical and legal, as long as they are prescribed by a licensed practitioner, for
a specific patient, and compounded by a licensed pharmacy. Compounding is regulated
by the State Board of Pharmacy.
Does my doctor know about compounding?
Prescription compounding is a rapidly growing part of many physicians’ practices.
In today's world of aggressive marketing by drug manufacturers, some may not realize
the important alternative of compounded prescriptions. Ask your physician about
compounding. Then call Island Drug, a pharmacy committed to providing high quality
- Alternate Dosage Forms
- Creams, Ointments, & Lotions
- Dermatological Specialties
- Flavor Specialization
- Gels - Topical, Oral
- Pain/Nausea Formulations
- Physical Therapy Consultation
- Podiatric Formulations
- Rectal Suppositories
- Sublingual Troches
- Sugar, Dye, Preservative Free Formulations
- Topical Sprays and Powders
- Transdermal Paste
- Vaginal Creams and Applicators
- Vaginal Suppositories
- Veterinary Formulations
Island Drug is a Proud PCCA member. Please watch the video below to see how that
benefits our level of patient care:
PCCA Membership FAQ's