Compounding Pharmacies

Years ago, before drug companies standardized and patented drug formulas, doctors wrote prescriptions and patients brought them to a pharmacist. The pharmacist then compounded the medication in house.

The effectiveness of a prescription was dependent on both the doctor’s ability to diagnose and prescribe, and the pharmacist’s skill at formulating the medicine. And while, many pharmacists’ jobs have changed as drug companies’ standardized versions of drugs have become common, there is still an important place for compounding pharmacists.

Today’s compounding pharmacists allow your doctor to tailor your prescriptions to meet your body’s individual needs. This way, you are not limited to commercially available strengths, dosages and forms. Compounding medicines allows patients and practitioners to work together to fine tune treatments for optimal health.

Compounding allows patients access to a wider variety of therapies than conventional pharmacies. These therapies are often ones that drug companies don’t make available and must be compounded by pharmacists, such as bio-identical hormones, or nasal B-12. Many natural treatments are also only available through compounding. We are lucky to have many compounding pharmacies in Washington. Here is a partial list of local compounding pharmacies.

The Falls Pharmacy
Brock Nyberg, R.Ph.
8112 Railroad Ave SE
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
(425) 888-6858

Clark’s Pharmacy
Mark Clark R.Ph.
15615 Bel Red Rd,.
Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 881-0222

Arlington Pharmacy
Brian Henley, Pharm.D.
540 West Avenue
Arlington, WA 98223
www.arlingtonpharmacy.com
(360) 435-5771

Bellegrove Pharmacy
Mark Holzemer, R.Ph. 
1535 116 Ave. NE - Suite. 103
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 455-2123

Key Pharmacy
Jonathon D. West, R.Ph.
23422 Pacific Highway South
Kent, WA 98032
www.keynutritionrx.com
(206) 878-3900

Juanita Bay Pharmacy Inc. 
Donald W. Hanson, R.Ph.
13520 100th Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 821-4009

Fairwood Pharmacy
Elwin Blair, R.Ph.
17254 140th Ave. SE
Renton, WA 98058
(425) 226-7000

Kelley-Ross, Inc. 
John Oftebro, 
616 Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 622-3565

Rxtra Care Pharmacy
Holly Whitcomb Henry, R.Ph.
11003 35th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 417-8066

Univ. of Washington Medical Center
Virginia Leland, R.Ph.
1959 Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 598-6060

Kusler's Pharmacy
Janet Kusler, R.Ph.
Dawn Ipsen, Pharm.D.
700 Avenue D
Snohomish, WA 98290
www.kuslerspharmacy.com
(360) 568-7787

Mike's Eastside Drugs
Mike Graeff, R.Ph. 
8506 E. Mill Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98664
(360) 694-3353

Union Avenue Pharmacy
Bruce Ruckenbrod, R.Ph. 
2302 S. Union Ave - Suite C25
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 752-1705

Medical Center Pharmacy
450 NW Gilman BLVD
Suite 107
Issaquah, WA 98027-2483
(425) 392-8650 phone
(425) 391-8624 fax

This list is intended for informational purposes only. It is a partial list of compounding pharmacies in Western Washington. By no means, is this an endorsement of a particular pharmacy. All pharmacies vary in price, many will mail prescriptions to you. You may want to call around to find the best price for your particular needs.

 

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