Compounded-drug decision wasn't easy, AAEP says

Compounded-drug decision wasn't easy, AAEP says

Sep 01, 2008
By staff

LEXINGTON, KY. — The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) says it had little alternative but to ban compounded-drug displays at its convention in San Diego this December.

It will be the first time such exhibits have been barred from a veterinary conference. In light of the AAEP directors' decision, only a handful of compounders signed up to attend. They can visit clients, but can't talk about products.

"The decision...wasn't an easy one," David Foley, AAEP's executive director, tells DVM Newsmagazine.

"The AAEP supports the use of compounded pharmaceuticals when an FDA-approved product is unavailable and the health of the animal is in jeopardy. However the manufacturing and distribution of 'knock-off' products that mimic an FDA-approved drug has gotten out of control.

The overwhelming majority of the AAEP members who have commented have been supportive of the association's decision," Foley says.

"Naturally, the compounding pharmacies have not been happy with this decision. However, we have been asking this group of exhibitors to comply with the FDA rules for the past several years and the majority have not; therefore, we felt like we had no other choice."