What are compounded medications? How do they work?

Learn about what compounded medications are, and how we’ve partnered with Empower Pharmacy to give patients access to even more treatment options. 

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Empower Pharmacy to offer compounded semaglutide to our patients. Our goal is to expand access to life-saving weight-loss medications and help you achieve your life and health goals.

Compounded semaglutide is an alternative to brand name GLP-1 medications, such as Wegovy and Ozempic, when these commercial medications are listed on the FDA’s drug shortage list. This post explains our partnership and provides details about what you can expect moving forward.

What is compounded semaglutide?

Compounding refers to the process of combining or altering two or more drugs to create a personalized medication that is tailored to the needs of an individual patient. It is a common practice designed to help individual patients receive the medications they need.

Semaglutide is the active ingredient in brand name GLP-1 medications Wegovy and Ozempic. Because these medications are currently on the FDA drug shortage list, licensed compounding pharmacies, such as Empower Pharmacy, are able to offer compounded semaglutide in order to expand patient access. Compounded medications are not FDA approved.

Why did we select Empower Pharmacy as our partner?

We are committed to excellence, and all of our partners must meet our highest quality standards.

After a thorough vetting led by our medical team, we selected Empower Pharmacy as our compounding partner. Empower Pharmacy is nationally accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) and has a strong commitment to quality, safety, and compliance. They have a proven track record of meeting the highest quality standards in the industry. Medications from Empower Pharmacy are compounded in an industry-leading sterile facility and arrive to patients in a timely manner.  

How does it work if I choose to move forward?

If you choose to move forward, your medication will ship directly to you from Empower Pharmacy. You will receive your medication along with instructions on how to store and take your medication properly and safely. It is important to read these instructions carefully before using your medication.

As with any medication, there are always health risks and potential side effects. It is important to consult with your physician before taking your medication.

Do I have to use Empower Pharmacy?

No, we have chosen Empower Pharmacy as our preferred partner because of their high quality standards, but you can utilize any compounding pharmacy in the US of your choice.  If you would like your prescription sent somewhere else, please let our care team know. Please note that it may take additional time for us to process your prescription.

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