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Veterinary customer survey results 2013-05-23 final

Download SURVEY Wedgewood Pharmacy recently surveyed its veterinary prescribers and practices to educate ourselves and the Senate HELP Committee about the potential impact of legislative proposition S.959. Reflecting the importance of any possible threat to access to compounded medications, we received more than 1,000 responses. Thank you to everyone that participated. HIGHLIGHTS 98.4% of our survey respondents say that they always know when they are administering, dispensing or prescribing a co...

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Dan Rowan 6/3/2013 9:29:00 AM Comments(0)

Improving patient compliance

Pet owner compliance statistics Compounded medications may help improve owner compliance as studies have shown that if a veterinarian discusses possible multiple routes of administration, owner compliance increases from 59% to 76%. In addition, a current survey reveals that only 43% of veterinarians show owners how to administer the medications. 60% of pet owners would pay more for a medication that is palatable or easier to administer. 72% of pet owners want information about the medications th...

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Michael Brown, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO 1/3/2012 8:39:00 AM Comments(0)

Compounding is becoming an increasingly important tool for veterinarians

How compounding can help veterinarians during manufacturer backorders Compounding fulfills a niche market for us. In fact, veterinary ophthalmologists have relied on compounding for many years, and they are more important than ever! The benefits of compounding include increased options for treating patients and access to much-needed medications during shortages, backorders and discontinuations. Veterinary ophthalmologists have employed compounded medications for many years to treat ophthalmic di...

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Michael Brown, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO 12/30/2011 9:48:00 AM Comments(0)

Will the US drug shortage situation improve next year?

Critical U.S. drug shortage worsening According to an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer I saw last December, our industry is experiencing a sustained, absolute dearth of common I.V. medications. Industry consolidation, random and unpredictable manufacturing problems and simple economics have narrowed the pipeline that delivers drugs. VIN News Service reported recently that a chemotherapy drug used as a first-tier treatment for lymphoma is in short supply, leaving veterinarians as well as huma...

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Michael Brown, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO 12/19/2011 8:31:00 AM Comments(0)

3 Types of backordered and discontinued drugs

Keeping on top of current backorder situations is more important now than ever. Back in July 2011, I compiled this list of the three types of drugs that were on backorder at the time. They include temporary backorders, long-term backorders and discontinuations. For the most up-to-date list, check Wedgewood Pharmacy's backorder alert page at http://www.wedgewoodpetrx.com/veterinary-practices/drug-shortage-and-back-order-alert.html . A partial list of medications currently on backorder as of July ...

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Michael Brown, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO 12/12/2011 9:30:00 AM Comments(0)

The top 7 reasons for current drug shortages

There are a number of reasons why a drug goes on backorder. I've outlined the seven most common issues affecting your access as a prescribing veterinarian to the drugs you need. Mergers Any time you read the papers you hear about pharmaceutical companies acquiring each other and merging into fewer and fewer entities. A side effect of this is that some drugs are not viewed by the new company as important or profitable and can be discontinued for this reason alone. Factory closings Whether it is f...

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Michael Brown, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO 12/5/2011 8:38:00 AM Comments(0)

Effective emetics and how to use them

Emetic agents work by causing gastric irritation, stimulating the CNS chemoreceptor trigger zone CRTZ , 1 or a combination of both. Many emetics work best if the pet has a small amount of food in its stomach. If the pet hasn’t eaten within the past two hours, a snack is recommended before administering emetics. 1,2 Keep in mind that emetic agents are not effective if an anti-emetic e.g., maropitant, ondansetron has been recently administered to the patient. 2 Dogs Here are the emetic agent...

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Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC 11/21/2011 9:24:00 AM Comments(0)

Inducing vomiting for the potentially poisoned pet

While veterinarians are constantly treating vomiting in their patients, they seem to love to induce it too! One common error seen at Pet Poison Helpline is not knowing when not to induce emesis. Remember, if the patient is already symptomatic e.g., ataxic, depressed, seizuring, etc. , emesis induction is likely too late but check with a poison control first, as sometimes gastric lavage is still recommended! . If a product contains a hydrocarbon like gasoline, kerosene, brake fluid , emesis is ty...

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Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC 11/14/2011 9:11:00 AM Comments(0)

Guide to history taking for the potentially poisoned pet

The following guideline is meant to facilitate a timely evaluation in the case of accidental poisoning. Feel free to print this out for your medical record if needed! Pet Information Species and breed Sex of animal Age Weight Underlying medical conditions if present Animal’s name may be multiple animals involved and owner’s last name Environmental information [Indoor? Exclusively outdoor?] Potential Toxin: The following examples may help in determining what pertinent information to c...

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Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC 11/7/2011 9:08:00 AM Comments(0)

8 Questions veterinarians should ask before treating poisoned patients

Every second counts when treating poisoned patients. For most substances, there's only a narrow time frame in which decontamination can be effectively and safely performed. Here are 8 questions to consider before inducing vomiting on the poisoned pet. When did the ingestion occur? In most cases, vomiting can safely be induced within an hour of ingestion. If it’s been several hours since the ingestion, most likely the toxicant has already moved out of the stomach and vomiting will be of lim...

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Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC 10/31/2011 9:04:00 AM Comments(0)

Take advantage of everything going on at Wedgewood Pharmacy

There are so many great things going on here at Wedgewood Pharmacy right now that we wanted to make sure you didn't miss out on any of it. The links below are for everything from contests to free offers to important news and information that you need to know. Halloween Pet Photo Contest: Post a great picture of animals dressed for Halloween to our site and be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card. Vet tech vacation: Vet tech appreciation week is over and our contest to send one luck veterinary te...

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Jennifer Jennings, Customer Care Manager 10/19/2011 8:55:00 AM Comments(0)

Unprecedented drug shortages and upset veterinarians

Upset veterinarians My colleagues and referring veterinarians trying to treat their patients with certain medications are upset. When I speak with them, they ask me questions about these medications like, What happened to...?, Where do I get...?, What do you use to treat...? There are severe and numerous medication shortages right now that appear to be inexplicable, frequent and irritating! To make matters worse, I recently received a message from a drug manufacturer announcing another round of ...

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Michael Brown, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO 9/26/2011 9:16:00 AM Comments(0)

4 Ways WedgewoodPetRx is making life easier for veterinary practices

The new Order.WedgewoodPetRx.com site has been live since early July and the feedback has been phenomenal! We're hearing veterinarians, technicians and practice managers tell us, "It's the best thing since sliced bread!," and "I found a cheaper, more efficient, and faster compounder. Sorry to my previous pharmacies." We're getting this kind of feedback on the new ordering website because we've built it to do the four main things veterinary professionals need it to do above all else: Backorders a...

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Phillip Barnes, Social Media Specialist 9/20/2011 4:16:00 PM Comments(0)

6 fresh ways to control your practice expenses

If you’re like most small-business owners trying to improve profitability, you’re looking for ways to increase efficiency and client retention, and decrease the cost of carrying inventory. Here are 6 fresh ways to increase profits by saving time and lowering costs. Reduce inventory – fewer products on your shelves means more money for the practice. Stop carrying items that you haven’t ordered in the past year. Order so that your inventory arrives just before you need it. ...

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Renee Lupo, R.Ph., F.A.C.A., F.A.C.V.P., Technical-Services Pharmacist 9/6/2011 9:37:00 AM Comments(0)

7 Ways to increase client loyalty and retention

After reading the research, watching the trends and considering our own experience in the matter, we've compiled our list of ways to increase client loyalty and retention for your veterinary practice and want to share with you the top 7. Provide information to owners so that they can become active participants in their pets' health. Spend quality time with patients and their owners during office visits. Create a comfortable, welcoming environment. Provide ongoing training for your staff, so they...

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Renee Lupo, R.Ph., F.A.C.A., F.A.C.V.P., Technical-Services Pharmacist 8/29/2011 9:21:00 AM Comments(0)

Client retention is a lost art

A measure of success for any practice is the ability to retain patients. Even though you believe you’re doing everything you can, it isn’t always easy. There are many reasons pet owners switch practices. There may be reasons you can’t control, such as patient relocation, or reasons you can control, like lack of time or attention during office visits. Whatever the reason, client loyalty and retention are on a decline nationwide. And this trend could be costing your practice. Kno...

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Renee Lupo, R.Ph., F.A.C.A., F.A.C.V.P., Technical-Services Pharmacist 8/22/2011 7:54:00 AM Comments(0)

8 ways to make non-compliance a non-issue

Compliance is a serious issue for veterinarians and pet owners. Many pet owners don’t realize the dangers and consequences of abandoning or interrupting treatment, and most are not aware of other options that could make administering medications more pleasant for them and their pets. Below are the 8 ways in which veterinarians can help make non-compliance a non-issue for their clients and patients. Give pet owners information about the dangers of non-compliance. Give pet owners simple, det...

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Renee Lupo, R.Ph., F.A.C.A., F.A.C.V.P., Technical-Services Pharmacist 8/15/2011 8:54:00 AM Comments(0)

Non-compliance and when pets will not cooperate

Compliance is a serious issue for veterinarians and pet owners. Many pet owners don’t realize the dangers and consequences of abandoning or interrupting treatment, and most are not aware of other options that could make administering medications more pleasant for them and their pets. When they become frustrated with administering medication, they may just decide to take their business elsewhere. When non-compliance results in lost business, it could cost your practice more than you realize...

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Phil Scully, R.Ph. Technical-Services Pharmacist 8/8/2011 8:32:00 AM Comments(1)

When not to prescribe a compounded preparation

Do not specify a compounded preparation when a suitable FDA-approved product is commercially available. Compounding a copy of an available manufactured drug should not be done as a cost-savings measure. It is not appropriate to request a compounded preparation that would violate any existing drug patents, is a new molecule or a vaccine. Additionally, many pharmacists may decline to compound preparations that are dangerous for them or end users to handle. Compounding is only for non-food-producin...

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Renee Lupo, R.Ph., F.A.C.A., F.A.C.V.P., Technical-Services Pharmacist 8/1/2011 8:22:00 AM Comments(0)

What veterinarians should include when writing a prescription for a compounded preparation

Writing a prescription for a compounded preparation is much like writing a prescription for any other medication, and many of the same elements and shorthand apply. Each prescription for a compounded medication must contain: Patient and owner names and the animal species, breed and/or weight Active ingredient: e.g. Cyclosporine Strength: e.g. 2% Dosage form: e.g. Ophthalmic Drops Sig: e.g. 1 GTT OU BID Refills: 2 The veterinarian may make additional specifications such as indicating the vehicle ...

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Phil Scully, R.Ph. Technical-Services Pharmacist 7/25/2011 9:16:00 AM Comments(0)

Flavoring is a key component of the compounded pet medication

Flavoring medications is one of the most important choices in specifying a compounded preparation for a patient. Flavors can disguise bad-tasting drugs; this is where the art of compounding meets the science of compounding. Pharmacists use flavor strategically, by complementing the existing flavor of a medicine for example, adding a fruit flavor to a sour-tasting medication , or by masking it altogether with a strong, pleasant taste that overshadows the flavor of the medicine. Some medications u...

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Renee Lupo, R.Ph., F.A.C.A., F.A.C.V.P., Technical-Services Pharmacist 7/18/2011 8:52:00 AM Comments(2)

The science of compliance: customize dosage-forms and flavors to improve compliance

Compliance is a real issue for far too many veterinarians and pet owners. Many pet owners don’t realize the risks and consequences of abandoning or interrupting treatment, and most are not aware of other options that could make administering medications more pleasant for them and their pets. When they become frustrated with administering medication, they may just decide to take their business elsewhere. When non-compliance results in unhappy clients, it could cost a veterinary practice in ...

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Renee Lupo, R.Ph., F.A.C.A., F.A.C.V.P., Technical-Services Pharmacist 7/6/2011 11:49:00 AM Comments(0)

Top 15 compounded veterinary medications for companion animals and horses

Veterinary compounded medications that may be prescribed for companion animals At Wedgewood Pharmacy, these are compounded medications that may be prescribed for use with companion animals. This list does change from time to time depending on current therapy recommendations and manufacturer backorders. Each item below is hyperlinked to a professional monograph or more information about the drug in the Learning Center . Aminopentamide Cisapride Cyclosporine Diethylstilbestrol Methimazole Metronid...

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Phil Scully, R.Ph. Technical-Services Pharmacist 6/27/2011 9:43:00 AM Comments(0)

The importance of custom-compounded medications to veterinarians

In a nationwide study we conducted among veterinary practices, 99% said that having access to compounded preparations from a pharmacy is very or somewhat important to them. In fact, almost one-half of the practices we surveyed prescribe compounded medications at least once a week. Seven in ten practices prescribe compounded medications at least monthly and nearly two in ten do so every day. The use of custom-compounded medication is woven into the weekly activities of most veterinary practices. ...

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Renee Lupo, R.Ph., F.A.C.A., F.A.C.V.P., Technical-Services Pharmacist 6/20/2011 2:21:00 PM Comments(0)

The three times veterinarians turn to compounded medications

There are three typical situations that would result in a veterinarian needing to turn to a compounded medication for their patients. When the best therapy for a patient is not commercially available Drugs can become unavailable for any number of reasons. The most common factors are manufacturer backorders, recalls and discontinuations for reasons other than safety . Frequently, and at an increasingly regular pace, a pharmaceutical manufacturer may temporarily halt production. Manufacturers can ...

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Phil Scully, Technical-Services Pharmacist 6/15/2011 9:31:00 AM Comments(0)

Healthcare-reform legislation aims to change regulation of the compounding pharmacy profession

Healthcare-reform legislation aims to change regulation of the compounding pharmacy profession; would limit access to custom-compounded medicines in human and animal health. Language included in the physician’s sunshine provisions of the recent healthcare insurance reform bill H.R.4872 includes the practice of pharmacy compounding under the definition of manufacturing and could subject the practice to an entirely new regulatory administration. Click here to take action!

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Dan Rowan 3/25/2010 2:14:00 PM Comments(0)

Delivering a Preferred Customer Experience

Last week I attended a great seminar entitled, Delivering a Preferred Customer Experience. I left with 3 key insights that I thought would be worth sharing with business and practice managers: It is critical to understand what drives customer loyalty in your business. In the past we focused on touchpoints, which is how effective we are across interactions like customer service, our web site, or the delivery and packaging of the prescription. According to the Corporate Executive Board, the sponso...

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Marcy Kelly, VP of Sales and Marketing 3/9/2010 3:40:00 PM Comments(0)

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