Often times, there is confusion between the terms “compounded” and “generic” when referring to medications. Having a strong understanding of these terms is an important part of prescribing the correct medications for your patients.
If you, or a member of your veterinarian team uses the incorrect terminology with your pharmacy team, the misunderstanding could have far reaching consequences. That’s why communication is key! Careful communication and using proper terms when discussing patient care can help keep your patients safe.
What Does Generic Really Mean?
A generic drug is a non-brand name version of a drug. For example,Tylenol is a brand name and acetaminophen is the generic name, although they contain the same active ingredient. A generic drug with the same strength and active ingredient as the brand name is equivalent to buying the brand name.
Because less marketing and brand recognition go into generic drugs, they are often cheaper than the brand name product.
What Changes When You Compound a Medication?
After a drug is compounded, it may no longer act the way it was intended to in the approval process of the drug (i.e. a generic drug). When you compound a medication, you change the dosage form of the original drug and it is no longer identical.
Compounding can change the stability, bioavailability, metabolism, and elimination of the drug, which is why it is so important to use the correct terminology and dosages.
How Do the Terms “Generic” and “Compounded” Differ?
Generic drugs are approved by the FDA to be safe and effective, however, compounded drugs are not. Because they are literally new variations and customizations of a drug, they are not mass produced – and so they are not subjected to the same rigorous testing.panduan android
Generic animal drugs have an Abbreviated New Animal Drug Application number given to them by the FDA, and compounded drugs lack this ANADA number. Compounding medication should be performed by a compounding pharmacy team experienced in utilizing the proper veterinary medical terms to ensure there is no confusion that can result in the wrong drug being administered.
The terms compounding and generic are often interchanged incorrectly.
Generics are often prescribed as cheaper alternatives to brand name medications. Compounding is necessary when the approved drug is not commercially available or if the approved drug needs to be modified to adequately treat your patient.
Ensure that both you and your veterinary team are well versed in the terms “compounding” and “generic” to allow for clear communication with your pharmacist team.
If you have any questions about the differences between generic and compounded medications, contact Essential Pharmacy Compounding. And remember – never use a pharmacy that labels their compounds as “generic.”
With warm regards,
Drew Olson, DVM
National Director – Veterinary Division