Use of Compounded Products in Veterinary Medicine
March 16, 2017
It has been brought to the attention of the
College of Veterinarians of Ontario that misinformation is circulating in the veterinary community, particularly
among practice owners, concerning compounded products. The misinformation suggests that the College intends to
limit veterinarians' ability to have compounded products available for clinic use and/or to be dispensed to
Recently, the College held an open
consultation on two draft Professional Practice Standards which deal with Prescribing and Dispensing. These
consultations did not include the existing Professional Practice Standard on the Use of Compounded Products in Veterinary
There have been no changes to the
policy regarding the use of compounded products in veterinary medicine. The Professional Practice Standard on the Use of Compounded Products in Veterinary Practice,
published December 2014, is the current policy. A Guide to the Professional Practice Standard on the Use of Compounded Products in Veterinary
Practice is also available to provide clarification on frequently asked questions on compounding.
For further clarification, a veterinary
clinic can stock compounded products for in-office use and dispense compounded products within a valid
veterinarian-client-patient relationship and in accordance with an assessment of the patient's needs.
The Guide states:
Can a veterinarian re-dispense
Veterinarians may compound or obtain a
compounded product from a pharmacist for use within their accredited veterinary facility. In these cases,
the prescription and product label should state that it is for clinic use. Practitioners may
re-dispense these products to individual animals or groups of animals, where a veterinarian-client-patient
relationship exists, as long as a record is made noting the original pharmacy that prepared the product and
the prescription number. This will allow for trace-back to the original pharmacy and batch in the event
of concerns arising with respect to the product.
As with all areas of the practice of
veterinary medicine, veterinarians are encouraged to seek reliable sources to understand rules and proposed
changes to practice.
If you have questions concerning compounding
or any other College policy, please contact the College's Practice Advisory Service at firstname.lastname@example.org.