3303 Harbor Blvd., Suite C4
Costa Mesa, California 92626

Phone: (714) 627-5600
Fax:    (714) 573-8004
Email:  info@creativecompounding.com

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  • What is Compounding?

    Compounding combines the ageless art of mixing drugs with the latest medical knowledge and state of the art technology, allowing specially trained professionals to prepare medications to meet each patient’s specific needs. We make customized medications that are written by your physician to fit your diagnosis and requirements. Creative Compounding Pharmacy is dedicated to providing the highest quality compounded medications to each customer. Physicians may prescribe a compounded medication for a variety of reasons:
    1. Custom Dosages: Your compounding pharmacist can provide your prescription in custom strengths prescribed by your doctor. For example, limited dosing may be needed for babies, small children or the elderly. Pharmaceutical companies only offer products in set strengths.
    2.Allergen Avoidance: We can prepare medications specifically avoiding dyes and other allergens as well as gluten and lactose. These ingredients are commonly found in commercially available products.
    3.Difficult Regimens: Many dosage forms may be hard to swallow for the elderly or young children. Your compounding pharmacist can most often formulate that same medication into a flavored suspension or transdermal cream or gel. This can increase compliance and reduce the anxiety caused by difficult drug regimens.
    4.Unavailable or Discontinued Medications: Many drugs have been taken off the market because they no longer make money for the pharmaceutical companies producing them. This leaves patients without treatment alternatives. Often times your compounding pharmacist can obtain the exact active ingredients needed and formulate the product for you. In addition, we can often compound medications which may be temporarily unavailable, a scenario which occurs quite often.
    5.Veterinary Medicines: Veterinarians can work with your compounding pharmacist to produce a flavored suspension or topical product in just the right dosing for your pet. We help make it as easy as possible to treat your beloved pets when they need medical attention.
    6. Wellness: Your compounding pharmacist can provide Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy or BHRT as written by your physician (such as those used by Oprah and Suzanne Somers). We compound for both men and women.
    7.Pain Management: Topical creams and gels can be formulated for pain management to provide high concentrations of medicine at the site of application thus dramatically reducing possible side effects associated with oral administration.

  • What are Pharmaceutical Supplements?

    There are three recognized standards for chemical raw materials:
    1. The first is “Feed Grade” which meets the standards set for animal consumption
    2. The second is “Food Grade” which meets the standards set for human consumption
    3. The third is “Pharmaceutical Grade” which meets pharmaceutical standards
    The difference between each grade is quality and purity. Technically, no substance is 100% pure. There will be some other substance(s) mixed in. The difference between each grade is how much of these other substances are mixed into the product. Pharmaceutical Grade is the most stringent and purest of the three grades. To be classified in this category, a product must be at least 99% pure with no fillers, binders, excipients, dyes or unknown substances.
    As of June 2010, FDA-GMP compliance is mandatory for all nutritional supplement manufacturers in the United States. Current “Good Manufacturing Practices”, commonly referred to as GMPs, is the guidance set forth by the government for the pharmaceutical industry. The FDA enforces these guidelines, which can be found in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Keep in mind the FDA employs less than 10,000 people, yet they are charged with regulating products that account for 25% of the gross national product of the United States. Simply put, the FDA does not have the resources to verify that every dietary supplement sold in the US meets label potency.
    But you need more than just compliance to GMPs to ensure you are using a quality nutritional supplement. Absorption is so important in a nutritional supplement! If it’s not absorbed, why take it? Many tablets contain binders that are not found in encapsulated products. These binders can affect the dissolution of the tablet and prevent absorption of the active ingredients. Many low cost vitamins are manufactured with low cost fillers such as lactose and magnesium stearate. Magnesium stearate has proven immune suppressing capabilities. It makes more sense to supplement with a product that does not contain the binders and fillers that work against your health. In addition, for encapsulated products, vegetable capsules have shown to dissolve quicker than animal based gelatin capsules.
    Creative Compounding Pharmacy is proud to carry Pure Encapsulations, a line of pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements manufactured under FDA-GMP regulations. Pure Encapsulations products do not contain wheat, gluten, nuts, egg, soy, dairy, preservatives or hydrogenated oils. They do not add coatings, shellacs, binders, fillers, excipients, sugars, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners or colors. They do not use magnesium stearate in any of their products and all capsule shells are hypo-allergenic and vegetarian. Pure Encapsulations adheres to quality at every step of the manufacturing process to ensure they consistently deliver purity and potency in every finished product. We believe this line is an excellent source of dietary and nutritional supplements.

  • Who can benefit from compounding?

    Virtually anyone can benefit from compounding when the need arises. For example, children and the elderly often benefit the most. Taste can be a big issue in children. Your pharmacist can work with your physician to formulate a flavored liquid suspension to help the medicine go down. Imagine no frustration and no wasted medication! Compounding for the elderly allows those with difficulty swallowing an option to take a flavored liquid too. In addition, more than one active ingredient may be placed into one formula reducing the need for multiple drug regimens. Chronic pain can be treated with topical gels or creams directly applied to the painful site thereby greatly reducing the side-effects of oral pain relievers or anti-inflammatory drugs. Patients with allergies to binders or fillers such as gluten, lactose or dye benefit because the pharmacist can compound their medications without these extra ingredients. What about your pets? How many of us have wrestled with our cat or dog only to have the tablet or capsule disintegrate in our hands or miraculously end up back on the floor even after the 10th try? That same medication can often be compounded into a flavored oral liquid, a chewable treat or a transdermal gel that can be rubbed onto the skin. This is less stressful for your pet and less stressful on you. Call your pharmacist for additional questions on who can benefit from compounding. There are so many other examples to talk about.

  • Is compounding legal? Is it safe?

    Compounding has been a part of healthcare since the origins of pharmacy. In fact most prescriptions during the 1930’s and 1940’s were compounded. Mass drug manufacturing in the 1950’s and 1960’s brought with it a decline in compounding as the pharmacist’s role changed to that of a dispenser of mass produced medications versus the preparer of customized medications. The last couple decades have seen a return of compounding as patients and physicians understand that not all patients’ needs are met with commercially available products. The FDA has stated that compounded prescriptions are both ethical and legal as long as they are prescribed by a licensed practitioner and compounded by a licensed pharmacy. Compounding is also regulated by the State Board of Pharmacy.

  • Is compounding expensive?

    Compounding may or may not cost more than conventional medications. The cost depends upon many factors including the cost of the ingredients, the equipment required in the compounding process as well as the research and time required to prepare the compound. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions about pricing.

  • Will insurance cover compounded medications?

    Some insurance plans will cover compounded medication and we would be happy to bill your insurance to see if your prescription is covered.

  • What kinds of prescriptions can be compounded?

    Almost any kind! We compound bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), prescriptions for dentistry, hospice, pediatrics, pain management, neuropathy, infertility, podiatry, wound therapy, ENT, dermatology, veterinary and so much more!