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What Is Compounding?

Updated: May 30, 2020

Compounding is an important service for many people. According to the FDA, “drug compounding is often regarded as the process of combining, mixing, or altering ingredients to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient.” The end product still has the same prescribed active ingredients but removes offending filler ingredients. For patients with specific health concerns or lifestyles, such as veganism, compounding provides a much-needed medical option.

Here at VeganMed, we view compounding as an invaluable component in providing animal-free prescriptions to anyone who needs them. While many pharmacies offer some basic level of compounding, the majority of compounding orders are completed at specialty compounding pharmacies. There are about 56,000 pharmacies in the United States. Of these, about 7,500 specialize in compounding services (APhA).

VeganMed has partnered with ScriptWorks, a compounding pharmacy in Walnut Creek, CA, to increase the availability of animal-free medications. We have done the research and identified specific medications that can be made without any animal-derived ingredients. This is possible due to the unique partnership between VeganMed and Scriptworks. To our knowledge, we are the first and only collaboration in the country to provide this valuable service.

Currently, we can make common animal-free medication for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, thyroid, depression, pain, and asthma/COPD. ScriptWorks is a Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) and Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC)-accredited pharmacy committed to providing quality evidence-based pharmacy compounding services to patients all over the state of California (Scriptworks).

For more information on compounding or to begin the process of customizing your own medications, check out our Made-To-Order page!


Disclaimer:  The product and/or medical information provided on VeganMed is of a general nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or product.


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  • APhA. “Frequently Asked Questions About Pharmaceutical Compounding.” American Pharmacists Association,


  • FDA. “Human Drug Compounding.” Human Drug Compounding, FDA,

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