Compounding affects veterinarians and their patients every day. That’s why the AVMA is very carefully considering whether or how our compounding policies should be revised. We hear from veterinarians that they have needs outside of what the policies currently say, which is why the volunteer veterinarians on AVMA’s governance groups (many of whom are practitioners) are having discussions right now about what approach our policies on Compounding and Compounding from Unapproved (Bulk) Substances should take.
We’re working on our policies now because compounding legislation is being drafted on Capitol Hill. If the AVMA does not communicate the needs of its members during these legislative discussions, then we lose an opportunity to shape that legislation. If we don’t get this right, other interests could prevail, and veterinarians and their patients could lose. We understand the policies have to be carefully considered, so stay tuned because we are going to ask AVMA members for their feedback on any proposed revisions. The volunteer veterinarians who make the decisions for the AVMA are going to carefully consider that feedback.
Realize there are possible benefits and costs associated with policy revisions, which the AVMA would use as a basis for legislative discussions. We hear from veterinarians often about the need for access to Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs, so keep in mind that the marketplace (i.e., the proportion of available FDA-approved drugs to commercially available compounds from bulk) could change in some way if compounding legislation ultimately passes.
Later this month, we will be sharing with members proposed revisions to our compounding policies and giving the members at least 30 days to review them. Please look for more on AVMA@Work and in our NOAH member-only discussion forums. We know this issue is complicated (for example, some products available in the marketplace are actually illegal mimics of FDA-approved drugs), so to help you sort through all of the issues and conversation, we’ll be developing some educational materials about what the rules actually say. We will also be keeping AVMA members apprised of what our Governmental Relations Division is doing on Capitol Hill about compounding to assist our members.