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U.S. Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter visited Wedgewood Pharmacy’s headquarters in Swedesboro this week to tour the facility and discuss the role compounding plays in veterinary medicine.

Compounded medications are prescriptions and medication orders written by physicians, veterinarians, and other legally authorized prescribers, and prepared by specially trained pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Wedgewood Pharmacy is a maker of such customized medications for people and their pets when FDA–manufactured drugs cannot meet their needs.

Carter, a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, is leading a bipartisan effort to get the Food and Drug Administration to conform to the statutory authority granted by Congress, and to leave the regulation of traditional pharmacies to the states.

“The FDA’s misinterpretation of certain provisions of the law and related enforcement actions against pharmacies are jeopardizing patients’ access to critical compounded medications,” Carter said. “While I’ve been working primarily for patients who are people, I recognize how important pets are in our lives. This meeting provided insight into animal health care markets and threats to patient access there.”

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