What is Compounding?

What is compounding?

Compounding is the process by which a pharmacist or physician combines, mixes or alters ingredients to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient. While the vast majority of medications today are manufactured in large quantities for large numbers of patients, compounding makes it possible for medications to be customized for specific patients in specific dosages.


Are the medications in Polypill® FDA approved?

Yes, all of the prescription ingredients in Polypill® heart compound are FDA approved.


Is Compounding Legal?

Yes. The FDA 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. In addition, compounding is regulated by state boards of pharmacy.


Is Compounding Safe?

Yes. The pharmacies that prepare Polypill® heart compound implement a number of quality control measures to promote accuracy and safety. A Certificate of Analysis is received for all prescription ingredients that are included in the compound, the identity of all prescription ingredients are verified before repackaging, and a secondary identity test is conducted following repackaging. 


Can the elderly use compounded medications?

Yes, as directed by your physician. In fact, one of the benefits of compounding is the ability to help address patient non-compliance; that is, patients’ inability to properly follow their medical therapy. Compliance can be particularly challenging for many older patients who are taking multiple medications. By preparing single doses of those medications that can be safely and effectively combined, compounding may help many patients take their medications more reliably.