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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. With fewer pharmaceutical compounds manufactured for animal use and the widespread off-label use of drugs manufactured for human health, compounding is key to veterinarians, their clients and the animals in their care.
Veterinarians told us that they choose the compounding pharmacies they trust carefully. A majority of practices do business with just two compounders and one in four prescribe from just one. They said that product consistency (89%) and a good reputation (81%) are most important to them in selecting a compounding partner. But no small number also said that other factors, too, are important to their choice. These include:
Learn more about the role of compounding in veterinary practice
We've recently published a guide to compounding pharmacy in veterinary practice as an ebook downloadable from our website. In it, you will get a comprehensive overview of
Renee Lupo, R. Ph, F.A.C.A., F.A.C.V.P., technical-services pharmacist for Wedgewood Pharmacy, was the company's lead
technical/clinical pharmacist, working with prescribers and their staffs to develop custom formulations. She passed away on May 31, 2012,
after a brief illness. A scholarship was established in
her name at the University of the Sciences.
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