A large compounding pharmacy such as the American Integrative Pharmacy enjoys the economies of scale, which allows it to reduce the costs of compounding medications. As a result, patients have access to the highest quality medications at highly competitive prices.
American Integrative Pharmacy (AIP), led by Dr. Neema Yazdanpanah, provides safe and proven compounding medications to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and online nationwide.
Labor Cost for Compounds
Labor cost is a key factor in determining the final cost of a compound. The complexity of the final product will influence the labor input involved. More complex medications will take longer to make, which increases the labor costs associated with it. Therefore, complex compounding products usually have higher prices.
For instance, troches, capsules and suppositories are producing using multi step processes and involve more time and effort compared to creams and gels. For this reason, troches, capsules and suppositories are likely to cost more than creams and gels.
Ingredient Cost for Compounds
The costs of the ingredients that go into the making of a compound are another key determinant. Many compounds use ingredients that are fairly low in cost, particularly if the pharmacy is commonly using those ingredients.
But for an ingredient that the pharmacy is not using regularly, a special order may have to be placed to prepare a particular compound. This is likely to increase the compound’s overall cost because of the higher cost of the special ingredient involved.
Tips to Obtain Maximum Savings on Costs of Compounds
Check whether the compounding pharmacy has all the ingredients
Before placing an order, you may check with the compounding pharmacy whether they have all the ingredients readily available in stock for preparing your compounded medication. If they will be ordering some ingredient especially for your medication, the overall cost of your product may go up.
If they have a similar ingredient available, they could speak to your prescribing physician and get an authorization for substituting the ingredient. With these simple efforts, you could save money on your compounded medications.
Purchase in bulk quantity
If your prescribed compound is going to be a long-term or maintenance medication, which means you expect to use it for several weeks or months, consider buying in bulk. You can check with the pharmacy whether you will benefit from a price reduction if you purchase several months of medication at one time.
Your compounding pharmacy may be able to offer you savings on price ranging from 10 to 25 percent for bulk buying, if it is going to reduce their labor cost and other overheads. Your bulk order will allow them to make a bigger quantity of medication at once, rather than prepare monthly refills.
Be receptive to the pharmacist’s advice
A dedicated pharmacist would usually be willing to recommend less costly alternatives to help you save some money. So, keep an open mind about their suggestions, and make the right decision to lower your costs.
AIP provides advanced compounding pharmacy solutions, including online prescription refills to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and online nationwide.
American Integrative Pharmacy is located in Lomita, CA serving residents in and around Orange County, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Torrance and surrounding areas. Online prescription sales are available across the US.