The pros and cons of compounding pharmacies

Customizing medications can be lifesaving and also dangerous

Pharmacist crushing medicine.
Compound pharmacies can customize medications
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Compounding pharmacies are facilities that are able to make customized medications. This could be to alter a drug's dosage or composition for medical purposes. Many patients have benefitted from drug compounding, especially those suffering from allergies to certain drug ingredients. Nonetheless, these facilities have been steeped in controversy, as many have formulated knockoffs of the weight-loss drugs Ozempic and Wegovy with a different active ingredient that has not been used in other FDA-approved medications. Compounding pharmacies can be lifesaving for many but can also be dangerous if standards aren't met. Also, the quality of facilities can vary widely.

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