Compounding – the manipulation of an FDA-approved drug product beyond what is stipulated on its product label – is necessary in veterinary medicine to provide individualized medication for patients with special needs.
Compounded preparations can provide effective therapies for painful or life-threatening medical conditions in animal patients whose needs can’t otherwise be met by FDA-approved products. Compounding provides much-needed therapeutic flexibility for veterinarians, especially considering the wide range of species, types, and breeds that we treat.
However, if done incorrectly or inappropriately, the use of compounded preparations can lead to prolonged treatment needs; adverse events, including treatment failure and potential liability; or even enforcement action by federal or state authorities.
Compounding should be based on a licensed practitioner's prescription, and to meet the medical needs of a specific patient.