Compounded drugs are a combination of two or more ingredients, and at least one of these is a drug or a pharmacologically active component, to create a final product that is specific to an individual prescription issued by a veterinarian for the treatment of a specific animal health condition.  Compounding is intended to be used when there are no other commercially available options for a specific patient or herd/flock and is considered extra label drug use (ELDU).

Because the prescribing veterinarian is responsible for the increased risk associated with the use of these products, including adverse reactions, CAHI partnered with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and other provincial veterinary medical associations to create a decision tree to support their safe use.

Decision tree