Drs Little & Gockowski

Kerry Isherwood

Drs. Little & Gockowski--

Thanks for the levity afforded by your ivory tower espousals--it sure breaks the tedium of dealing with actual problems like laminitis, euthanasia, and heartbreak.  A good chuckle is always good for the soul...wait--what is that saying--"Laughter is the best medicine"?--but only if you're licensed to prescribe it in your state, right?

As a veterinary professional with a recently diagnosed PPID horse, I obtain Prascend *at cost* from our distributor and can afford the initial 1mg/day dose, but if my mare's dose increases I am going to buy compounded--Prascend's cost even at wholesale prices borders on ridiculous.  I've used many compounded Rxs through the years and have a handful of proven pharmacies that I trust to formulate meds so I am completely comfortable using compounded pergolide.  I bluntly told my BI rep this.  You gotta do what you gotta do, you know?  Well, maybe you don't--the view is rosy from the ivory tower high above the rest of us.

Again, thanks for the chuckle--now back to reality,


Kerry Isherwood, LVT-VTS(ECC)
Licensed Veterinary Technician, Vet. Tech. Specialist (Emergency & Critical Care)
Brewster, NY
Sept 2014

Lorna Cane

Thanks for your post, Kerry. Your tone made me smile, wryly.

This caught my eye.

>I've used many compounded Rxs through the years and have a handful of 

proven pharmacies that I trust to formulate meds so I am completely 

comfortable using compounded pergolide. 

In our Files is a post from the pharmacy many of us in Canada

 use,concerning quality control.Seems to me we should be careful not to 

lump all pharmacies in the same pile wrt  efficacy,as Marian continues to do.

Here's the post, in case NEO screws up the link:

"In November,2010, Island Pharmacy ( then known as Shawnigan Lake People's Pharmacy ), B.C., sent 15 capsules from 2 lots of Pergolide Mesylate powder, to the lab for analysis, covering the powder that had been used over the last 6 months.

They also sent both new and old capsules (capsulated for 3 months)

The lab results said they were stable and compounded 1mg Pergolide Mesylate capsules with a measured 0.949mg/cap which is where the USP guidelines says it should be for compounded medication.

Please contact Kathryn Davies <shawnigangirl@...> if you would like copies of the results."

Lorna in Ontario,Canada
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Lorna Cane

Thank you for saying this,Judy :

>I knew Dex Suppression was not good from research I did.  But never dreamed the famous vet in our area would test that way!!!  I thought he was an expert!  I doubt he has time to learn about treating Cushings since he only has three Cushings horses in his large practice.  My regular vet knew even less, just treated one horse for it 15 years ago!!!

I wish I had a Loonie (dollar) for every one of our members (we are almost 12,000 strong now) who has expressed similar experiences/expectations here,over the past 13 years.

I hope Marian is reading.

Lorna in Ontario,Canada