Veterinary Compounding: Challenges and Resources

Oct. 11, 2019

There is a significant variety in the types of veterinary medications that are needed, and the availability of approved drug products for all veterinary species and indications is relatively small. Consequently, customized medications are essential to fill therapeutic gaps for all animals, pets and exotics. Pharmacists are the only health care providers that are expected by society to provide care for all species—humans and non-humans, and are the only health care providers that are legally allowed to do so. Competence in providing pharmaceutical care and compounds for animal patients is critical for pharmacists, who are also well-positioned to consult with veterinarians to collaborate to provide a high quality compounded formulation that is anticipated to be safe for the intended patient and will result in the intended therapeutic effect. It’s key to select a compounding pharmacist with extensive experience and continuing education in veterinary compounding.

Reference:  Int J Pharm Compd. 2016 Nov-Dec;20(6):461-467.