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Reference Materials

Compounded Veterinary Medications Chart

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Treatment Options for Ear Infections in Pets

SCIRx Pharmacy’s otic preparations take the frustration our of treating some of the most challenging ear infections. Depending on the particular otic infection, we have a wide range of antibiotics and choice of delivery vehicles to support a successful treatment outcome. 

EKT is our most commonly requested otic preparation.  It is compounded in an anhydrous lanolin base, which has been shown to absorb moisture from the ear canal and maximize the contact time of the therapeutic agents to the affected area. 

Ingredients of the EKT preparation include:

  • Enrofloxacin 1% antibiotic
  • Ketoconazole 2% antifungal
  • Triamcinolone 0.1% anti-inflammatory  

Depending on the causative organism we can customize the ear preparation to your specification. Common agents utilized in our ear preparation can include:

  • Amikacin
  • Amoxicillin
  • Azithromycin
  • Ceftazidime
  • Cephalexin
  • Chloramphenicol
  • Dexamethasone 

In addition you can choose between several different base options i.e. glycerin, mineral oil, peg 300 or  propylene glycol.  If presented with a challenging case please call one of our pharmacists to review your options. 

Hydrocodone

To assist you in the treatment of dogs with chronic cough, SCIRx can provide Hydrocodone in various formulations in a concentration tailored for a particular pet. 

In the past, Hydrocodone was combined with Homatropine under the brand names of Tussigon and Hycodan to move the medications into a CIII status. This allowed prescriptions to be refilled up to 5 times within a six-month period. The DEA has since reclassified the majority of opiate-related products that include Vicodan , Tussigon, and Hydrocodone to a CII status. Prescribing for CIIs is more controlled and refills are not allowed. Formulations from SCIRx are made from Hydrocodone only and do not contain Homatropine.

We can formulate Hydrocodone into:

  • Capsules
  • Medimorsels 
  • Syrup 

In addition to Hydrocodone, we had a few small dogs treated successfully with Diphenoxylate and Atropine (Lomotil). Used as an extra-label the dosage of 0.2 to 0.4 mg PO every 8 -12 hours is recommended. (Plumbs Veterinary Drug Handbook – 9th edition: Page 390) If constipation develops, stool softeners may alleviate it. 

Diphenoxylate and Atropine (Lomotil) are still classified as CIII drugs. Thus, prescriptions may be taken verbally and can be refilled up to 5 times within a six-month period. 

Schedule II Prescriptions

Legally we cannot fill a Schedule II prescription via a verbal request.  We must have a hard copy of the prescription written out by the health care provider and signed.

You can reduce the prescription to a Security Prescription Blank and fax the request to us. We must receive the original prescription by mail or dropped off at the pharmacy.

  • No refills are allowed for a Schedule II drug and we cannot honor any refills indicated on the prescription
  1. Must be on a Security Prescription Blank (this includes “void” pattern and watermark).
  2. The prescription shall bear the preprinted, stamped, typed, or manually printed name, address, and telephone number of the prescribing health care provider. In cases of prescriptions where the name of more than one health care provider is preprinted, the prescription must clearly indicate which health care provider issued the prescription.
  3. The prescription blank should provide space for the patients’ name and address, the healthcare provider’s signature, and the healthcare provider’s DEA registration number.
    For veterinary purposes, please write the pet owner’s first and last name, “the pet’s name”, and DOB of the pet.
  4. The health care provider shall indicate the desired quantity and strength of the drug on the prescription by both writing out the quantity and by indicating or writing the quantity in numerical form. When writing out for liquid allow an extra 10 ML for shaking. If any corrections are made the area corrected needs to be crossed off and initialed. 

For the complete requirements for written prescriptions of Schedule II drugs, please visit:    https://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/pharmacy/pdf/PublicSafety.pdf

Veterinary Prescription Form
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Medimorsel® Process

Rich at SCIRx is wonderful. We have been doing business with him for many years and will not go anywhere else. He is extremely knowledgeable, and his products are very high quality. He is always willing to rush an order if we are running low on a product and can even get us things same day if we are in a bind. We could not recommend the team at SCIRx more!

–  Stevie Aho, CVA
Tech Team Coordinator/Inventory Mgt. Specialist | Falmouth Veterinary Hospital

Do you need additional information?

If you have any questions about a medication or if it is right for your patient. Give us a call and one of the SCIRx team members can help answer your questions.

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