In veterinary medicine, compounding pharmacies are regularly used to create customized medications. Thousands of different species are regularly treated by veterinarians, and each species has many unique treatment considerations, not including the variations between animals of the same species.
Veterinary medications can be difficult to find in a particular treatment form, and compounding pharmacies solve the problem by allowing veterinarians to create medications that are designed for each animal. The unique flexibility and wide range of treatments that can be created at a compounded pharmacy allow veterinarians to treat their patients much more effectively using very specific and targeted treatments that are suitable for the animal.
Flavored veterinary compound formulas are common
Flavored medications are regularly created at compound pharmacies for veterinary use. Flavors can be customized for each animal’s preference, and the flavor customization can increase the likelihood that the animal will consume the medication.
This can also avoid the problem of having to sedate the animal and use an alternative method of delivery, and as a result it can save money and time on treatments. Also, the flavored medications can be sent home with the owner so that he or she has an easier time administering the treatment to their pet.
Dosage requirements vary dramatically in veterinary medicine
In veterinary medicine, dosages for medications vary dramatically from one species to another, and from one animal to another. For example dogs are all from the species Canis familiaris yet there are major and significant variations in dosages from one breed to another.
Some breeds are able to tolerate higher dosages and may require them as well, whereas other breeds may need lower dosages. No matter what the dosage requirements are, a compound pharmacy can create the specific medication that the veterinarian needs, saving them the time and trouble of having to find a commercial preparation with the right dosage.
Each pet has their own preferences and tolerances
To complicate veterinarian treatments further, each pet will have its own preferences and tolerances to medications. For instance, some pets are tame enough to be injected with a treatment without trying to escape or bite.
Other pets may resist injections, and an alternative delivery method such as a liquid, suspension, food or gel may need to be created. With compound medications a veterinarian can experiment with different medication forms to find the right one that will be tolerable for the individual animals.
Veterinary medicines are produced based on the USP standards
Just like human medicines, veterinary medicines are subject to the same production guidelines that the U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention publishes. They are made with strict attention to sterile production and safety as long as the facility is licensed and approved by its state Board of Pharmacy.
Any treatments that are created also cannot be developed in very large quantities or sold to third parties. The USP guidelines regulate the purity, sterility, quality, strength, and stability of veterinary medicines, and there are very specific production techniques used to ensure that the medicines are developed accurately and safely.
Breakthrough veterinary treatments can be developed at compound pharmacies
Veterinary medical science often progresses as veterinarians experiment with different unique treatments that they have developed at compounding pharmacies.
New treatments can be safely produced with the strict guidelines that a licensed compounding pharmacy will have, and veterinarians may find a particular route of administration or drug combination that is totally new and effective at treating a particular problem.
The ability to customize medications and treatment methods allows veterinarians the ability to stay at the cutting edge of compounded veterinary medicine and contribute to developing new treatments that may become standard and accepted in the field.