Author's Note

It seems to me that compounding pharmacies must be (somewhat frustratingly) taken on a case-by-case basis. Because the FDA is regulating patents and manufacturing and the states' pharmacy boards aren't necessarily set up to oversee the safety of compounding pharmacies, you're left with pharmacies that must set their own strict standards and compliance. Check their accreditations with professional organizations and always practice due diligence when it comes to your health care.

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