Do You Have Questions About Compounding in Veterinary Medicine?

07/29/2019 7:30 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

MVMA Can Help!

A big part of what the MVMA does is research practice issues for our members. We know how important it is to have access to the right information when you need it.

One of the topics we get asked about frequently is compounding. Specifically: 

  • Can a veterinarian compound medications in the office?
  • Can a pharmacy dispense non-patient specific, compounded products to a veterinarian for office use?
According to LARA:

A veterinarian may compound medications in the office. All applicable laws, rules, and standards of practice must be followed while compounding. A veterinarian is not subject to the accreditation/inspection requirements of MCL 333.17748a, which pertain only to pharmacies who wish to perform sterile compounding.

A veterinarian may purchase non-patient specific, compounded products for in office use/administration from an FDA registered 503B outsourcing facility. You may find a list of FDA registered outsourcing facilities here. The 503B outsourcing facility would also need to be licensed in Michigan as a pharmacy.

Please note that a 503A pharmacy is limited to only dispensing compounded drugs based on a patient-specific prescription and may not dispense non-patient specific compounded drugs to a veterinarian for in office use. Also note that this email may need to be updated if the FDA issues new guidelines regarding animal compounding.

If you are an MVMA member and your question about compounding was not answered above, please contact us at for additional information.

Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

2144 Commons Parkway
Okemos, MI 48864-3986



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