Magazine article Drug Topics

Pharmacist Group Goes to the Dogs.And to the Cats

Magazine article Drug Topics

Pharmacist Group Goes to the Dogs.And to the Cats

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Independent pharmacists who are looking for a new niche in these managed care times or who have already discovered the rewards of compounding drugs for America's pampered pets can join a group dedicated to fostering pharmacy's role in veterinary medicine.

The American College of Veterinary Pharmacists was founded in 1998 to help independent R.Ph.s practice veterinary pharmacy successfully on both a professional and an economic basis. Based in Memphis, ACVP shares quarters with its founder and sister association, the American College of Apothecaries (ACA).

"Our association is a very handson, helping group," said ACVP consultant David Clark, R.Ph. "For example, we have a hotline resource center where members can get help with unique compounding or dosage problems from two pharmacists who are pharmacy professors at veterinary schools as well as from other members. And at our first annual meeting, we did two days of programming on felines. We videotaped the programs so that pharmacists who couldn't attend could still gain the knowledge that can help them. Our goal is not to make the association huge but to make people interested in veterinary pharmacy as successful as possible."

Several factors are fueling interest in veterinary pharmacy. Perhaps the biggest impetus is the withdrawal from the veterinary drug market by some pharmaceutical companies. The resulting dearth of commercial alternatives for those products makes compounding pharmacists more attractive to veterinarians. Vets also like the flavorings compounding pharmacists can add to medications to make them more palatable to Tabby. …

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