Compounding Pharmacies have been getting a lot of press since New England Compounding Pharmacy caused thousands of needless injuries and deaths last year by distributing contaminated medications. So, do you know what a compounding pharmacy actually is? A compounding pharmacy creates special versions of medications for individuals who are not able to take the FDA-approved, retail version of a medicine. For example, some people with allergies will have a special medication compounded. This is a great option for people who need medicines tweaked to their needs, but it has proved to be very dangerous, as well. 

If your doctor tells you they are going to send in a prescription for you, they may not always mention that they are going to have a pharmacy compounder make it. The FDA encourages you to ask them if the drug is compounded, why it's being compounded, where it is being compounded, and what the possible side effects and safety concerns are. You deserve to know everything about something that you will be putting into your body, and you should not be afraid to ask questions. Also, what most consumers do not realize, is the fact that compounded medications are not FDA-approved. This does not necessarily mean they are dangerous in any way, but it does mean the FDA can't prove that they are not contaminated or harmful in some way. 

We do not want you to be afraid of compounding pharmacies, but we do want you to educate yourself and be aware. Some compounding pharmacies have been coming under fire for not maintaining sterilization standards and for distributing contaminated products, so it's in your best interest to stay alert and protect yourself. 

If you took a drug from a compounding pharmacy and became seriously ill in Texas, Oklahoma, or Arkansas, contact Girards Law for a free consultation at 888-897-2762