Compounding Policy Update

We want to thank our members who shared their input on the proposed revisions to the AVMA’s Compounding and Compounding from Unapproved (Bulk) Substances policies. We received some great input.

Getting member feedback on these policies is critical, because we recognize there’s a balance to be struck between the necessity to use FDA-approved drugs with known safety and efficacy, while also meeting your compounding needs and those of your patients. We all recognize that compounding is a critical tool for specific patients with special needs that can’t always be met by FDA-approved drugs.

Word has it that the Senate is drafting federal legislation that could be introduced very soon. Therefore, our volunteer governance groups are going to be working as quickly as possible to solidify the AVMA’s compounding policies so that we can use them to advocate on your behalf on Capitol Hill, in defense of your compounding needs.

Stay tuned, because we will need your help communicating AVMA’s policies to members of Congress when legislation is ultimately introduced. In the meantime, we have helpful compounding resources on our website, including a new PDF you can review to find out if you’re following the current rules.

2 thoughts on “Compounding Policy Update

  1. Most compounding pharmacies should be eliminated unless they are FDA approved facilities, there is very very minimal quality control and at least in the equine world most of the compounder’s give out their products without a script, all I can assume is that the pharmacy world is under a different set of rules than those that govern us, it’s a shame that so many individuals in the compounding world,when it comes to equine medicine,seem to follow a different set of rules, and don’t always require a script,

    • On the other hand our veterinary drug compounder in MN came through a stringent inspection post NECC with an excellent report up to and including USP 797 sterility compliance. NECC was the direct result of a negligent and complacent State Board of Pharmacy. Every State Board of Pharmacy is different on inspections and stringency of the inspections. So many USP protocols for compounding of high risk drugs were not followed or even implemented it was indeed homicidal at NECC. We need drug compounding or our pets we treat will suffer the consequences. If I was an equine practitioner using a sterile injectables I would want to see the 14 day incubation test for sterility for starters. We get a report with each sterile compounded drug. If the compounder does not have a 3rd party 797 report I would find another compounder.