Having access to compounded medications is extremely important to 80 percent of veterinary practices, according to a new study conducted by Wedgewood Pharmacy, of Swedesboro, N.J.
The survey also showed that 40 percent prescribe compounded medications every week and 31 percent do so every day. All of the practices surveyed prescribe custom-made medications at least several times a year.
Some of the most important factors the respondents consider when choosing a compounding pharmacy are:
|Factor||Percent Saying It’s Very Important|
|Consistency of the product||94%|
|Knowledgeable customer service people||85%|
|Ability to prescribe by telephone||76%|
|Available dosage forms and flavors||73%|
|Prior experience with the pharmacy||72%|
|Large selection of preparations||61%|
|Access to pharmacists for consultations||58%|
The survey results are based on the responses of 295 Wedgewood Pharmacy customers. Sixty-nine percent of the respondents were veterinarians and the remaining were other professionals who facilitate veterinarians’ prescribing through compounded pharmacies.
Sixty-two percent represented small- and companion-animal practices; 21 percent represented specialized equine practices, while the rest represented other types of practices including feline-only, zoos, rescue organizations and universities.