Two recent developments clear up the recent confusion concerning the use of compounded medications by veterinarians.
- The Nebraska Pharmacy Board says that compounded emergency veterinary medications may be provided to prescribers labeled “office use” for companion animals.
- The federal Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) does not apply to veterinary compounded medications, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed.
The clarification from the Nebraska Pharmacy Board came about because Drew Olson DVM, of Essential Pharmacy Compounding, raised the issue. Dr. Olson made presentations on the issue to the Nebraska Veterinary Medicine Association, the Nebraska Board of Veterinary Medicine as well as the Nebraska Pharmacy Board.
The Board confirmed that “office use” compounded medications may be prescribed by veterinarians when used for emergencies or immunizations. The Board added:
“The Pharmacy Practice Act does not define ‘emergency.’ Deciding what constitutes an ‘emergency’ is left to each practitioner to decide on a case by case basis, recognizing that qualified professionals have considerable discretion in making that judgment.”
Regarding the DQSA, the FDA confirms that it applies to “human drug compounding” only, and veterinary compounded medications are regulated by state pharmacy authorities. For more detail on this topic, read this alert from the Duane Morris LLP law firm.
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