What Is Veterinary Compounding?
Veterinary compounding refers to the modification of a drug in order to address the unique needs of a patient. For example, a pet pharmacist or veterinarian may take steps to improve the flavor of a medication, combine medications to achieve the best possible dosage or alter the form of a drug to be more easily administered.
Benefits of Veterinary Compounding
Drug compounding is especially useful in veterinary medicine, as numerous medications are no longer offered directly through the manufacturer or are otherwise unavailable in the required drug mixture or dosage. With veterinary compounding, the specific medication requirements of each patient can be met accurately and successfully.
Formulating the proper strength or combination of a drug is only half of the battle. In veterinary medicine, patients often balk at distasteful medications, proving wholly uncooperative when the time comes to administer treatment. Veterinary compounding eases the treatment process by modifying the pharmaceutical potency or combination and improving the palatability of the medication in question.
Regulations for Veterinary Compounding
Drug compounding is an integral part of veterinary medicine and must comply with federal and state regulations. Among other mandates, veterinary compounding must be carried out by a certified veterinarian or licensed pet pharmacist under the order of a qualified practitioner of veterinary medicine. Additionally, the compounded medication must be a safe and appropriate course of treatment. The dosage must also correspond with the specific needs of the patient.
Diamondback Drugs offers a variety of treatment solutions and carries a widespread selection of medications, along with a comprehensive range of bases and flavors. Our expert staff of pharmacists and technicians has successfully completed extensive training in veterinary compounding and are fully equipped to fulfill the varying needs of prescribers and patients.