Compounded medications are made based on a prescription. This process involves combining individual ingredients in the correct strength and dosage per the patient’s prescription. This compounding may be done at specialty pharmacies and/or by the patients themselves at home.
Oral budesonide that is prescribed to treat EoE off-label (meaning it is FDA approved for other conditions, but not for EoE) is an example of a compounded medication. Patients sometimes have this medication compounded at a pharmacy, or they mix it at home per their doctor’s instructions (for example, mixing it with Splenda(R) or another carrier that will help the active ingredient coat and stick to the esophagus).
Please take a moment to let us know your thoughts about compounding OBS. We are particularly interested in hearing your challenges about having to have this medication mixed and any challenges you might have with insurance reimbursement or related out of pocket expenses.