Simply put, compounding is any manipulation of a drug beyond that described on the drug label.
Manipulation might include mixing, diluting, concentrating, flavoring, or changing a drug’s dosage form.
Veterinary drugs should only be compounded based on a licensed veterinarian’s prescription, and to meet the medical needs of a specific patient. Examples of compounding include:
- mixing two injectable drugs in the same syringe;
- creating an oral suspension from crushed tablets or an injectable solution;
- adding flavoring to a commercially available drug;
- creating a skin-penetrating gel for a drug typically taken through other routes;
- mixing two solutions for instilling into the ear.