All veterinarians want to provide the best possible treatment for the animals in their care, but lack of availability of necessary pharmaceutical drugs can make this a challenge. That’s why so many vets have been turning to pharmaceutical compounding for the treatment solutions that they need. Read on to find out why this tailor-made solution has been gaining in popularity in recent years.
What is Veterinary Compounding?
Pharmaceutical compounding refers to the process of altering an existing pharmaceutical medication to meet unique dosage, flavor, or administration needs, or custom-creating medications that are not commonly available on the mass market. This process can be essential for veterinarians looking for difficult to find medications to treat their animal patients.
Availability of Medications
The business development manager of Australia’s most popular pharmaceutical compounding company, Bova Compounding, cites the availability of otherwise difficult to obtain medications as the primary reason for using pharmaceutical compounding in veterinary medicine. Often medications that are quite effective are simply not available on the general market due to cost-inefficiency. Simply put, it isn’t worth the money for most pharmaceutical manufacturers to mass-produce medications that are designed to treat rare conditions, but that shouldn’t mean the pets that suffer from them can’t get the care they need.
Dr. Ben Sykes also mentions their clients’ ability to improve compliance as an important factor in the choice to utilize pharmaceutical compounding within the veterinary field. This is particularly relevant to dose titration, as appropriate titration to an animal’s unique needs can be essential in treating many different conditions. Consider, for example, the difference in size between a small-breed dog like a Chihuahua and a Great Dane.
Changing Administration Methods
Some animals, such as cats, simply don’t take well to orally administered medications. Veterinary compounding allows vets to prescribe medications that are ordinarily taken orally in different forms so that they can be administered transdermally for absorption across the skin. This allows owners of even extremely picky or stubborn pets to ensure that their animals have access to the medications they need to treat just about any condition without the hassles associated with conventional oral administration methods.