Pharmaceutical compounding solves the unique medication-related challenges veterinarians face when prescribing medication to their patients. The goal of compounding for the veterinary patient is to enhance the veterinarian’s ability to treat patients in a more effective and efficient manner. Through compounding, the pharmacist is able to manipulate pharmaceutical grade chemicals to help the patient receive the best veterinarian recommended treatments to improve quality of life. Manipulation might include mixing, diluting, concentrating, flavoring, or changing a drug's dosage form to create a customized dose for an individual patient.
When a veterinary medication is not commercially available and there is no human medication alternative that can be used, compounding can help. Braun’s compounding pharmacy has the necessary pharmaceutical grade chemicals needed to compound an individualized dosage form.
Another challenge veterinarians face when prescribing medication is that often commercially available human medications come in only one dosage or too large of a strength. In order to properly medicate their patients a reduced dosage often must be prescribed. If the needed drug only comes in a solid form and needs to be split, splitting can lead to inaccurate dosing and can be a problem of either over or under medicating. Compounding can provide the exact amount of medication per dose needed to treat the individual patient while simplifying the administration.
One of the most significant ways compounding is able to improve a patients quality of life is by helping to improve compliance. Every pet owner knows the stress and discomfort of not being able to administer their pet’s medication. Flavored chewable treats and flavored liquid suspensions can be compounded for most medications. By having a medication that your pet likes, compounding turns medication time into treat time!