If you have a cat, dog, or any other pet, chances are at one time or another you had to put on a full armour and step into the battle zone to give them vet prescribed medication. After all the chasing, fighting, scratches and bites, you may feel like you need medication too. Well now there is an easier way to help you and your beloved friend on the road to recovery.
It’s Pharmacy Compounding, the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients, both for people and pets. Compounding is the root of pharmacy, making a comeback after years of being overshadowed by major drug manufacturers. Chris Simmons, Pharmacist, Consultant, and Vice President of Creative Development at PCCA, (Professional Compounding Centers of America) always had concerns about patients having trouble or being able to get and/or take meds prescribed by their doctor. His compassion led him to PCCA in 1992 where he attended primary training to maximize skills and methods needed for treatment options. It was clear compounding was his direction in pharmacy.
Because compounding is emerging again, it is still in the early stages, and PCCA is in the process of trying to get the word out to both veterinarians and consumers about the various options available through compounding. Several dosage forms are available to help the challanging cases of giving medication to pets. For instance, the task of giving a tablet to your cat can seem daunting, but the dosage can be made into an oral liquid, paste or gel with various flavors cats love, or even in some cases, depending on the type of prescription, a transdermal cream that carries the medicine right through the skin. Tasty medicated treats, including the most popular, beef, chicken, liver and fish, are made by the trained hand of the compounding pharmacist. “Pupsicles,” a frozen popsicle with different flavors, especially for dogs since most dogs love ice, is another unique way to adminster medication.
Chris emphasizes the fact that with compounding, the medicine gets to where it’s needed faster and easier verses the traditional ways we have tried and failed to help our four legged friends. In today’s society, we go about our days in very impersonal ways, but a compounding pharmacist builds a triad relationship between themselves, the medical professional and the patient. With veterinary medicine, the pharmacist interacts with the vet and the pet owner, ensuring the best possible outcome for the patient.
Next time you visit the vet to discuss your pet’s needs, ask if this is a situation where compounding might help. They may also have information on the cost and/or pet insurance options.
PCCA is based in Houston, TX, but its network extends across the country. Locally, here in Las Vegas, there are approximately ten pharmacies specializing in compounding within a 25-radius.
To learn more about PCCA for veterinarians and animal owners, visit www.pccarx.com/vets-animal-owners/ From the hompage, learn PCCA’s history and how they can help other patients with prescription needs. http://www.pccarx.com/