Horse Drugs: Legend, Generic, Compounded

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This article describes the primary differences in the way drugs are made and how you and your horse are protected from bad manufacturers.
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In the USA, all drugs fall into three legal categories which can confuse horse owners. The horrific tragedy where polo ponies in Wellington, FL dropped dead in front of the best veterinarians highlighted the issue which has plagued not only horse owners and veterinarians, but humans and medical doctors.

In the USA, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is the government oversight group of all things that medically enter our bodies. They are very strict and have the power to shut down a company’s production line instantly when an irregularity is found. Irregularities include sanitation of the factory, the integrity of the raw materials, and the exact content of the final product.

I remember decades ago when Tylenol® (the original brand of acetaminophen) was tainted with cyanide which killed hundreds of unsuspecting people who took it for their headaches. A disgruntled employee was found to be the breech in the integrity of the product. The result that we see today is the foil seal on every bottle of medication we purchase over the counter. There are, however, countless other integrity checks and many, but not all, of these are regulated by the FDA.

Group 1 is called “Legend” drugs. These are the brand name drugs such as Banamine. This is the original company product, the one that did all the research and development and holds or held the patent on the drug.

Group 2 is called “Generic” drugs. These are the drugs that are produced by other companies once the patent is lost (usually 25 years after the patent is first accepted). They are exactly the same as the original product as far as the amount of ingredients, but they can use different raw products and put the ingredients together differently.

Group 3 is called “Compounded” drugs.

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In the USA, all drugs fall into three legal categories which can confuse horse owners. The horrific tragedy where polo ponies in Wellington, FL dropped dead in front of the best veterinarians highlighted the issue which has plagued not only horse owners and veterinarians, but humans and medical doctors.

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