Compounding pharmacies provide customized prescription medications for patients who are unable to take conventional versions that are produced on large scales. It is understandable that California patients might be under the impression that these compounding pharmacies are as closely monitored as other manufacturers, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require these pharmacies to adhere to several of the labeling and manufacturing requirements imposed on typical drug makers. This lack of oversight can lead to serious drug injuries that can be compensated by product liability suits.
Patients who use compounded drugs often do so for a variety of reasons. A patient might have a serious allergy to a typical drug component or have difficulty swallowing a pill and need an alternative liquid version instead. These unique needs are understandable, but while the FDA acknowledges that there is an increased risk of these compounded drugs, these pharmacies are not required to report any type of adverse drug reactions.