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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 clients.

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 Practice.

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 compounded product? 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