Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,
You probably know that most veterinary drugs tend to also be human drugs and that veterinarians (DVM’s) have the authority to prescribe any human drug the veterinarian feels is appropriate for any animal that is his/her patient.
In some cases, needed drugs are not available from a regular pharmacy or the concentration or form of the drug makes it unusable on animals. In such cases, a compounding pharmacy (a pharmacy which has the skills and equipment to create different forms or concentrations of drugs) can be useful to the patient.
For example, if a needed drug for a cat came only in a tablet that the cat would not take, the compounding pharmacist could make it into, say, a liquid. Pharmacies such as this are valuable for both veterinary medicine and for human medicine.
Of course, it is necesary that the compounding pharmacist be very skilled and meticulous. In a case several years ago, numerous horses died after being given a compounded injectable product. This tragedy resulted in tightening of the regulations concerning compounding. These tighter rules caused several compounding pharmacies to elect to not compound injectables rather than comply with the newer, stricter, rules.
Compounding pharmacies are another weapon that DVMs may use in the war against pet disease. And, like any weapon, it must be used skillfully and cautiously.
See? Something can be done about keeping pets healthy!
That is all.
Dr. John Emerson, Pet Emergency Clinic