Sunday, February 07, 2016

Is There Danger At Your Pet's Pharmacy?

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Whenever Sleuth the Reporter Dog needs medication, his veterinarian calls in a special prescription for a turkey flavored liquid.  Sleuth asked the Veterinary News Network to enlighten us with a few facts about compounding pharmacies and how they help your pet’s doctors.

1) There are actually two kinds of pharmacies…those that dispense already prepared medications and compounding pharmacies that mix or “compound” certain drugs.

2) These pharmacies are not new.   Historically, almost every pharmacist learned how to create patient specific drugs based on doctors’ orders.

3) Improvements in industry made it more profitable and convenient to generate large amounts of many medications for public consumption.

4) But, some patients are allergic to certain ingredients, and others, like our pets, may not like the flavoring of the commercially prepared medications.

5) Compounding pharmacists can create unique medications that are easier to give to our pets.   Yummy flavors like tuna, beef, and turkey are just a few examples!

6) Another common compounded drug is a transdermal gel for hyperthyroid cats.   Instead of giving a pill, owners can now place this medication on the skin for absorption.

7) Skeptics of compounding pharmacies worry about safety of these medications and that the pharmacist might overstep their bounds in the creation of new drugs.

8) But, each state board of pharmacy, in addition to the FDA, closely monitors the activity and inspects all of these companies.  There is even a new certification organization called the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board.

9) Ask your veterinarian about how compounding has helped better the lives of many pets.

10) Be sure to bookmark and as trustworthy sources of accurate and up-to-date pet health information.

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