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Watch and Listen as Drug Companies Attack Vet Compounding

By:  IACP EVP/CEO David Miller, RPh

“Risky Business: The Problem with Illegally Compounded Drugs”
RFD-TV • Monday, October 17 • 8 p.m. ET

On Monday, 17 October at 8:00 pm EDT, The Horse magazine is hosting a live on-line program called “Risky Business:  The Problem with Illegally Compounded Drugs” on RFD TV.

In some ways, that’s not a surprise.  The Horse publication is notorious for its anti-compounding position.  Why is that?  Because they are a magazine.  And magazines survive not on subscriptions but on advertisements.  And who advertises?  Drug companies.  And who has the most to gain from maligning the compounding of human and veterinary preparations?  You got it… drug companies.

Even the announcement of this program is littered with plugs for products from the “sponsor.”  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to also figure out that the three speakers are no doubt receiving plenty of financial support in the form of honoraria, research “grants”, and other perqs from the sponsoring drug company.  In this case, it’s Merck Animal Health.  That’s the same company that recently circulated a factually inaccurate “cease-and-desist” letter to compounders about Optimmune.

Here’s what you can do.  If you’re a veterinary compounding pharmacy, sign up and sign in to participate and hear this presentation for yourself.  Be prepared to hear “the worst” but also use that information to communicate with the veterinary practices you serve.  Feel free to ask questions – if the program moderator permits them – about how much the speakers receive for consulting with the sponsor.  Feel free to point out any errors they make. 

RFD is a cable network channel which may be available in your area.  To determine if you have access where you live or work, go to: http://www.rfdtv.com/findrfdtv/ and enter your zip code.  You can also watch RFD on-line by subscribing on an annual basis for $60 or monthly for $15.  To sign-up for on-line viewing through their “Country Club” program, go to:  http://www.rfdtv.com/country_club/login/

Here’s what IACP can and will do.  We’ll also be monitoring the program.  In addition, because Congress recently enacted legislation which requires full disclosure and reporting of payments by manufacturers to health care professionals, we’ll be making sure that Capitol Hill is aware that questionable influence over prescribing by drug companies continues to be a problem.  We’ll provide you with a rebuttal statement to share with your veterinary colleagues if you choose after the show airs and we have a chance to digest it. 

Of course, if the information conveyed is inaccurate, we’ll be raising that with the editors of The Horse and their parent publishing company.  Not that it will mean much to them.  After all, their business is about making advertisers spending money… not on conveying the truth.

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