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Regulatory Considerations for Compounding of Veterinary Prescriptions by Pharmacists

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60 minutes
Date Published

April 29, 2020


American Society for Pharmacy Law


AMDUCA, FDA, Regulations, Veterinary Compounding


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In the United States, veterinary compounding is governed by the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act of 1994 (AMDUCA). Although pharmacists are compounding and dispensing more veterinary prescriptions than ever before, pharmacists are often unaware of the regulatory issues that are required for veterinary compounding compared to compounding for human use. This session will explore key aspects of AMDUCA that every community pharmacist should know when dispensing prescriptions for veterinary patients.

As compounding for animal use provides expanded practice opportunities for pharmacists, this session will provide a review of extra-label drug use in the veterinary population and under what circumstances it is allowable under AMDUCA. Whereas it is common for pharmacists to use bulk drug substances in compounding for human use, their use is restricted under AMDUCA. Based on a past guidance, the FDA has used regulatory discretion for compounding of bulk substances in specific situations.

Although there have been some alarming anecdotal accounts of adverse outcomes due to incomplete pharmacist knowledge about veterinary dispensing, the session will highlight some of the most common errors and steps pharmacists and pharmacy management can take to limit the occurrences through identification of these gaps and improved communication.

At the conclusion of the session, the learner will understand the key similarities and differences of compounding for human vs animal use and will have the fundamental understanding to know if they are practicing within the guidelines of AMDUCA. Participants will also be equipped with knowledge to implement steps to help ensure patient safety for veterinary patients.

Learning Objectives
1. Discuss similarities and differences in compounding for human vs animal use.
2. List drugs that are generally prohibited under AMDUCA from being dispensed for animals that may enter the food supply.
3. Explain circumstances by which the FDA may use regulatory discretion, whereby bulk drug substances can be used for compounding for animal use.
4. Identify commonly dispensed drugs that need special consideration for veterinary patients due to the likelihood for error when using human patients as reference.

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Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. CPE now requires that all pharmacy continuing education (CE) credits must be processed and claimed no later than 60 days from the date of the live activity.

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Jennifer L. Buur, DVM DACVCP PhD

Dr. Jennifer Buur received her DVM and gained clinical experience before obtaining board certification in Veterinary Clinical... Read More

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

Regulatory Considerations for Compounding of Veterinary Prescriptions by Pharmacists - Video
Regulatory Considerations for Compounding of Veterinary Prescriptions by Pharmacists - Paper
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