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Q: How can a pharmacist ensure that a pet’s compounded medicine is safe?

Posted March 19, 2014 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: Pharmacists and veterinarians often work closely together to resolve medication allergy issues and to compound special medications that meet the unique needs of each animal. Compounded prescriptions must be prescribed by a licensed practitioner and compounded by a licensed pharmacy.

Pharmaceutical compounding is more than just mixing medicines, powders and bases. A pharmacist has to think carefully about all the chemical and physical properties of each ingredient in order to create a safe and effective compounded medication that meets all the necessary requirements. There are many different reasons why we provide compounding, such as:

To create a different medication strength than what is commercially available.
• To provide a different delivery form — a liquid instead of a pill, or a topical (gel, cream, or ointment).
• To avoid an allergic reaction.
• To improve the taste.
• To duplicate a discontinued medication.

I can ensure you Ankeny Medicap’s compounding service is highly professional and reliable. We compound medication for adults, seniors and children as well as animals. You can trust our expertise.

Information provided by Jennifer Meurer, Pharm.D., Medicap Pharmacy, 107 N.E. Delaware, Suite 6, 964-8550.

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