Patients & Professionals

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What does “Rx” stand for?
What is a prescription
What is compounding?  What is a compound?
What is the difference between a regular pharmacy and a compounding pharmacy?

 

Patients
Why would I need a compounded preparation?
How do I obtain a compounded preparation?
Do you fill prescriptions for non-compounded drugs?
How do I get my prescriptions filled or refilled at Medicine Tree?
Can I transfer my prescription from another pharmacy?
Can I place an order online or via e-mail?

Health Care Professionals
Why should I offer compounded prescriptions to my patients?
How do I write a prescription for a compounded medicine?

General

What does “Rx” stand for?
“Rx” or “Rx” is the symbol for a medical prescription.

What is a prescription?
A medical prescription is an order (usually in written form) by a qualified health care professional to a pharmacist for a medicine to be provided to their patient.  A prescription is a legal document, which not only instructs on the preparation and provisions of the medicine or device, but indicates the prescriber takes responsibility for the clinical care of the patient and the outcome that may or may not be achieved.

What is compounding? What is a compound?
Compounding is the process of mixing drugs by a pharmacists to fit the unique needs of a patient.  For example, a patient allergic to the dyes used in a pill can obtain a doctor’s prescription for the necessary medicine to be compounded without the offending dye.  Compounded medicines (called “compounds”) are custom-formulated to provide an alternative when commercially prepared medicines do not address your specific needs.

What is the difference between a regular pharmacy and a compounding pharmacy?
Regular pharmacies only offer medicines already mass-produced on the market.  Compounding pharmacies like Medicine Tree specialize in making custom-tailored drugs, in addition to offering the same non-compounded and over-the-counter drugs that patients can obtain from regular pharmacies.

Patients

Why would I need a compounded preparation?

  • The medication you need is not produced commercially
  • To tailor the dosage of your medication
  • To provide an altered method of chemical delivery
  • To avoid allergies to ingredients found in non-compounded drugs

We can compound any item in any dosage form customized to your individual needs, such as Balm, Capsule, Cream, Gummibears, Gels, Organo-Lecithin Gel, Transdermal Gels, Liquid, Lip Balm, Lollipop, Lozenges, Popsicle, Suppository or Sprays

We can also customize flavors to suit the taste of the patient. At Medicine Tree, we will compound any medication, in any dosage form, prepared to the doctor’s exact specifications.

How do I obtain a compounded preparation?
First, your physician must prescribe it to you and either write you a prescription or call or pharmacy.  Then you must place an order with us.

Do you fill prescriptions for non-compounded drugs?
Yes, we do everything a basic pharmacy does and more.

How do I get my prescription filled or refilled at Medicine Tree?
Visit our Fill Rx page for detailed information on how to place an order.

Can I transfer my prescription from another pharmacy?
Yes. Please call us at (269) 668-6801 and we will transfer the prescription for you.

Can I place an order online or via e-mail?
You may use our Smartphone Refill Service or visit our Fill Rx page for detailed information on how to place an order.

Health Care Professionals

Why should I offer my patients compounded prescriptions?
It gives your patients medications tailored to their needs, shows you care, and gives them extra satisfaction.

How do I write a prescription for a compounded medicine?
You must include the generic names of active ingredients and the strength/dosage of each (i.e. mg or %). Also, you must indicate dosage form (i.e. suppository, transdermal gel, lollipop, etc.), quantity, and directions for use.

For your convenience, we offer an online example of a compounded prescription form, which you can copy or use for reference here.