Frequently Asked Questions

What does compounding mean?
Compounding is the art – and science – of preparing medications that are personalized to a specific patient. Sometimes a patient cannot tolerate a commercial medication, or that medication is only available in dosages that are too high or too low for a patient’s needs. When that’s the case, a doctor will write out a custom order, and the pharmacy will prepare the prescription. For instance, if a patient is allergic to the dyes or “glue” in commercial thyroid medication, we can make natural thyroid capsules. We can make a medication commonly used to lower blood sugar into a topical cream that can help patients avoid uncomfortable side effects. We can also put multiple hormones into a lozenge so the medication dosage can be administered once daily…as opposed to the patient needing to take multiple medications throughout the day.
So what sets AVRIO Pharmacy apart from other compounding pharmacies?

We understand how important it is to compound medications to exact dosages. The FDA allows a 10% window of error when making medications. For instance, if we are supposed to weigh 100 milligrams of medication, then it’s acceptable by FDA standards for the final product to be within 90–110 milligrams. Here at AVRIO Pharmacy, we keep that error window at 5%. We use a computerized system to check all of our weights during the compounding process to ensure we stay within that 5% window. If too much or too little is weighed, the computer stops the process until the correct calculated weight is placed on the scale. We do this not because we have to, but because we understand how little medication it takes to throw a person’s system off – which is the case especially when it comes to hormonal and thyroid conditions.

Can Any Pharmacy Compound Medications?
No! Compounding pharmacies have to adhere to many additional rules, regulations, and laws that traditional brick and mortar pharmacies do not. Additional licenses and inpections are necessary, along with a high level of expertise and attention to detail for every member of staff. In short, it ain’t easy, but we dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s to ensure patients only get the most high quality and accurate medications.

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Ph: (480) 270-6700

Fax: (480) 270-6701



9015 E Pima Center Pkwy #3
Scottsdale AZ 85258


Monday 8:00AM-6:00PM
Tuesday 8:00AM-6:00PM
Wednesday 8:00AM-6:00PM
Thursday 8:00AM-6:00PM
Friday 8:00AM-6:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM-2:00PM


Major crossroads: Pima Road & The 101 Freeway

If you have a medical emergency outside of our hours, please contact a medical center or dial 911.
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