Do you share your home with a pet? Whether feathered or furry, you know they’re an important part of your family and depend on you for love and care. Part of that care is making sure your pet has access to the medicines and healthcare that’s right for them whenever illness strikes. Your compounding pharmacy exists in part to prepare customized medication that fits your pet’s very specific needs. This ability to customize medication is under attack by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA has declared that preparing compounded medicine from pure pharmaceutical ingredients (i.e., bulk chemicals) is inappropriate and even illegal. They think the only “right way” to customize medication for veternary use is to use already manufactured products, usually tablets and capsules. These are much more expensive and usually contain other ingredients, fillers, or dyes that your pet might not be able to tolerate.
The FDA has been taken to court by veterinary compounders, and the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) is working on legislation in the U.S. Congress to halt FDA’s illegal and unwarranted attemped intrusion into the practice of pharmacy and veterinary medicine.
How can you help? Go to www.savemymedicine.org and sign up for their free service. The site provides information on this issue and how you can get involved in helping preserve your right of access to the purest customized medication for your pet.