Compounding FAQ for Pet Owners

Q: What is compounding medicine?

A: Simply put, compounding medications are prepared by a process that involves mixing of required ingredients, analyzing, diluting, and enriching the concentration, flavoring or changing the drug’s dosage form to make it more appropriate to address a particular ailment of a specific pet. Examples of compounding include:

  • mixing two injectable drugs in the same syringe
  • creating an oral suspension from crushed tablets or an injectable solution
  • Flavoring a commercially available drug
Q: When is compounding necessary?

A: Compounding is necessary when an animal is suffering from a medical condition and there is no FDA-approved human or veterinary product available and medically appropriate to treat the patient. The decision to use a compounded preparation must be medically necessary and made within the confines of a Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship (VCPR). For example, a cat needs a medication that is only available in a pill from. If the cat's owner is unable to administer the pill at home, the veterinarian might have the drug compounded into a flavored liquid that the cat will take.

Q: Are compounded pet drugs the same as generic drugs?

A: No, they are not the same. A generic drug is a non-proprietary-name version of a drug. For example, acetaminophen is a chemical compound or salt, which anyone can use to produce desired drugs. If it’s marketed without any brand name, then it’s generic, otherwise a proprietary one.

While buying a non-proprietary drug, all that matter is the presence of the ingredients you need to address your pet disease. Make sure that you buy only FDA-approved generic drugs.

Q: Can I get compounded medication without a prescription?

A: No. Only a veterinarian can prescribe a compounded medication for your pet. Any unlawful practices, such as providing compounded medication without a valid prescription, should be reported to the slate board of pharmacy.

Q: Can I use a compounded medication for another pet I own?

A: No, you shouldn't, unless your veterinarian has specifically directed you to do so. Prescriptions for compounded medications are specially written for individual animals; using one pet's compounded medication for another pet could harm your pet. Only a veterinarian can prescribe for a medication to be compounded for an animal, so giving the compounded medication to another animal is essentially practicing veterinary medicine without a license.

Q: When is compounding legal? What criteria must be met?

A: Compounding is considered legal when federal and state rules are followed. Requirements include an established Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship (VCPR); the individual patient has a medical condition for which a prescribed medication is needed; and the veterinarian determines that a compound is needed for the animal.

Q: How can I make medication time a treat for your pet?

A: Aapex Pet Pharmacy compounding medicines help make medication time a treat for your pet. Call Toll Free 1-800-314-6499 or email to request compounding medicines. Alternately, please fill the form on the right.

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