Save Your Compounded Pet Medications
Comment by October 15, 2020
Peoples Rx compounds many customized medications for pets including dogs, cats, birds, turtles, rats, ferrets, just to name a few species. We are currently able to start from a pure active ingredient (as we do for our human patients), which gives us many options for your pets. These active ingredients come from FDA-registered facilities and meet USP standards. It allows us to make many types of dosing forms including flavored suspensions, flavored treats, transdermal ear gels, otic drops, and oral capsules. We are able to prepare these medications in small dosing volumes making it easier to dose your animals and cost effective. Many veterinarians depend on us to provide this service for pet medications that are not commercially available or are on backorder. Our common pet prescriptions treat many health issues like thyroid disease, pain, bacterial and viral infections, heart disease, seizures, adrenal insufficiency, anxiety/behavior issues, bladder spasms/incontinence, nausea, and inflammation.
Currently the FDA is proposing guidance, called GFI 256, that would not allow compounding pharmacists to prepare pet medications as described above. The guidance would require that we prepare pet medications from FDA-approved commercially available products rather than from the pure active ingredient. This renders less dosing form options, less ability to dose in small volumes, less ability to flavor, less access to many ingredients, less effective compounds according to USP, and lastly comes at a much greater cost to pet owners.
The FDA already allows for and has defined guidelines for compounding with pure active ingredients for human patients. Why restrict compounding for animals further than Congress allows for human patients?
Compounding pharmacies need your voice! We encourage you to share your comments and positive experiences with your pet’s compounded prescriptions. Click here to read the full guidance, and make comments here.
Comments will be accepted through October 15, 2020. Feel free to reach out to our compounding pharmacists with additional questions. Thank you for supporting access to customized medications that change the lives of our pets!
What is Compounding?
Compounding is the preparation of customized medications prescribed by a licensed practitioner. Compounding can provide medications that are dye-free, preservative-free, sugar-free, alcohol-free, and lactose/gluten/wheat-free for patients with allergies or other sensitivities. Medications can be made in different strengths and dosage forms, tailored specifically to meet the needs of the patient (or pet!). And yes, we can even compound lollipops.
We are a Compounding Pharmacy
When it comes to compounding, you want a provider you can trust. Unlike some of the chains who have just recently started compounding, Peoples was a charter member of Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) more than 30 years ago. We use only USP-grade chemicals supplied from FDA-approved manufacturers. We test completed preparations through an independent lab for accurate potency. In addition, our compounding professionals regularly attend trainings and symposiums to stay current on the latest compounding techniques. Our standards, commitment and service are truly unparalleled.