Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Drug compounding (UK)

Contributor(s): Elizabeth Wright, Gigi Davidson

Introduction

  • Drug compounding can be defined as the formulation (or reformulation) of one or more active pharmaceutical ingredients into a form which is ready to use for the special needs of the patient(s). 
  • This can be large scale drug compounding by specialist compounding pharmacies, or small scale by a vet in practice.
  • The term extemporaneous preparation can also be used to describe small scale compounding for individual patients.
  • Compounded drugs are often called ‘veterinary specials’, and as a general rule should not contain the same active ingredient at the same concentration, in the same dosage form (eg tablet, injection) as an available authorized medicine.
  • Drug compounding can be as simple and commonplace as crushing a tablet to mix with food or mixing drugs in a bag of fluids for intravenous administration.

Where do compounded drugs fit into the UK Drug Cascade?

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Who can compound and supply a special?

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When is compounding appropriate?

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Quality control

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Considerations when extemporaneously preparing products

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Steps towards safer use of compounded drugs

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