Retro FAQ

What is Our Mission?

To Provide Customized Solutions to Your Unmet Medication Needs.


What is Compounding?

Pharmacy compounding is the art & science of preparing personalized medications for patients. Compounded medications are made based on a practitioner's prescription in which individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient. This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient's specific needs. Compounding can be traced back to ancient Egyptian times and was the only source of medication up until almost the early 1950s when the majority of dispensed drugs became mass manufactured directly from the large pharmaceutical companies. This shift overshadowed the art of compounding as demand grew for manufactured prescription drugs. However, compounding continues to grow today as a specialized niche in the pharmaceutical industry. This growth in the compounding community continues due to mass manufactured medications not being able to fulfill the specific needs of each individual.


Who is The Compounding Pharmacist?

The Compunding Pharmacist is an independent, family run compounding pharmacy that has been serving the Greater Philadelphia community for 15 years. We specialize in providing customized solutions for unmet medication needs by working with your doctor to create specialized formulations for each unique patient. All medications are compounded on premise under strict industry standards. Owner Mark A. Pimley, R.Ph. has over 30 years of experience specializing in compounded medications. His credentials include:

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Inventor on 6 published patents in association with products currently on the market
Graduate from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Sciences (U. of Sciences in Philadelphia)
Member of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists
Member and Award recipient of the Professional Compounding Centers of America
Member of the American Pharmaceutical Association
Member of the Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Association
Member of the Chester County Pharmaceutical Association
Extended faculty member of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Member of Phi Delta Chi Pharmaceutical Fraternity


What are the Benefits of Compounding?

The ability to tailor prescriptions based on a patient’s needs provides many benefits. Some of the benefits include:

An alternative solution to patients whom have difficulties with commercially available medication.
Availability in unique dosage forms. This can be especially helpful for patients whom have difficulty swallowing medications or -in the cases of many children and pets -whom refuse to take medications.
Availability of different prescription strengths based on an individual’s needs.
Customizable to the allergy needs of the patient. Compounded medications can be created to address allergies such as lactose, preservatives, dyes, gluten, sugar, etc.
Allows custom flavoring which is popular among child and pet patients
Re-creation of a previously commercially available drug that has been discontinued from the market.
Helps to avoid certain side effects when dosage is switched.


What Services Do We Offer?

The Compounding Pharmacist provides a variety of solutions to fit your medication needs. Our specialties include but are not limited to:

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men & Women
Pain Management
Anti-Aging/Cosmeceutical Compounding
Pediatric Compounding
Dermatologic Compounding
Hospice Compounding
Veterinary Compounding
Dental Compounding
Capsules & Suppositories
Topical Pain Gels


What are the Dosage Forms?

Oral liquids
Troches or lollipops
Topical preparations
Eye and ear drops
Nasal sprays


Who Can Write a Prescription for a Compounded Medication?

 A licensed physician can call or fax in a compounded prescription. Our staff is more than happy to work with your physician on how to write a compounded prescription if they are unfamiliar with the process.


Will Insurance Cover My Compounded Prescription?

Our staff will provide a claims form for you to forward to your insurance provider. While we do not accept any insurance up front, our staff is well versed on the submittal process and we are ready to assist on any questions you may have.


Are Compounded Medications FDA Approved?

The FDA approval process is intended for mass-produced drugs made by manufacturers. Because compounded medications are personalized for individual patients, the federal government has approved the use of compounded medications for those individuals who have received a prescription for that specific compounded medication.