Compounding FAQ for Pet Owners
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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