Veterinary Compounding

Veterinary Compounding"The dose for a sheep is rather less than that for a hog. The dose for a cat is about half that for a small dog. Cattle, as a rule, stand larger doses than horses." — From "Veterinary Materia Medica" in The Book of Receipts by E.W. Lucas, Pharmaceutical Chemist, 1907

Veterinarians have historically dispensed the vast majority of the drugs they use in practice from their own dispensaries. Only rarely has the veterinarian sought the services of a pharmacist, and then usually only for the few human prescription drugs he or she could not obtain or did not want to stock. Over the last decade, however, this relationship has begun to change, primarily due to the veterinarian's need for individualized therapy in selected patients.

This is where the compounding pharmacists at Lorraine's Pharmacy come in. At Lorraine's Pharmacy, the ability to compound products beyond the expertise or facilities/equipment of the veterinarian has resulted in many close professional working relationships with veterinarians. That is our role, to provide alternatives and offer creative solutions beyond the conventional.

If you feel that your pet or animal could benefit from our compounding services and would like more information, please contact one of our knowledgeable pharmacists. Or, inform your veterinarian of our specialty compounding services. Together, we can give your loved one the treatment they need and deserve.

The following are examples of solutions that we have used to improve the treatment of our animal friends. The possibilities are limited only by the number of species in existence!

Examples of Problem-Solving Solutions:

  • Preparation of medications in commercially unavailable dosage forms (e.g. liquids, troches/lozenges, topical creams/ointments/gels, otics, inhalation solutions, suppositories, veterinary "treats", capsules, powders, transdermal gels, etc.)
  • Flavor adjustment (e.g. chicken, beef, or liver for canines; fish for felines; fruit flavors for birds; apple, cherry, or caramel for horses; etc.)
  • Preparation of medications in commercially unavailable dosages (e.g. increase or decrease dose, dosing on a mg/kg basis, sustained release)
  • Removal of unnecessary or unwanted ingredients (e.g. fillers, dyes, preservatives)

The Top Ten Veterinary Compound Preparations

The following is an interesting excerpt from the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding (Vol. 3 No. 3 May/June 1999):

A regional survey was taken of subscribers of the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding to identify the most frequently compounded veterinary preparations. We received a large number of responses and present the names of the top ten preparations here.

  1. Potassium bromide capsules
  2. Metronidazole suspension (various strengths)
  3. Methimazole 5-, 10-, 100-mg/mL oral liquid
  4. Diethylstilbestrol 0.5-mg, 1-mg, 2-mg, 3-mg, 5-mg capsules
  5. Potassium bromide solution
  6. Cyclosporin 2% opthalmic solution
  7. Prednisone 0.5-, 1-, 5-, 10-mg/mL oral liquid
  8. Amitriptyline 5- to 100-mg/mL oral liquid
  9. Chloramphenicol 150-mg/mL oral suspension
  10. Protamine zinc insulin, 10 to 100 units/mL