405 Heron Drive Suite 200
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
Ph 800.331.8272

Compounded Implantable Cisplatin Beads Now Available


Wedgewood Pharmacy now compounds implantable cisplatin beads using Matrix III under exclusive license from Royer Animal Health.

(Swedesboro NJ, November 10, 2009) Wedgewood Pharmacy now is compounding implantable cisplatin beads using patented Matrix III™ drug-delivery technology under an exclusive license from Royer Animal Health. According to Barbara Forney, VMD, a practicing veterinarian and medical writer, cisplatin may be prescribed by equine veterinarians as a chemotherapy drug to treat equine skin tumors such as sarcoids, spindle-cell tumors, squamous-cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Cisplatin beads using the Matrix III drug-delivery technology are 1.6mg each and dispensed three beads per vial for $75. Each of the spherical beads is about 3mm in diameter.

In common veterinary practice, cisplatin is injected directly into tumors in an emulsion of sterile sesame oil. Using the implantable bead-form of cisplatin may reduce the veterinarian’s exposure to the highly toxic medication, compared with the injection emulsion, while providing local therapy.

George J. Malmberg, R.Ph., F.A.C.A., F.A.C.V.P, the pharmacist president and CEO of Wedgewood Pharmacy said: “This new alliance with Royer Animal Health combines that company’s proprietary drug delivery technology with our stringent standards for preparing custom-made compounded medicines, which we believe will be of significant value to veterinarians.”

Dr. Gar Royer, CEO of Royer Animal Health added, “We have enormous confidence in the quality standards at Wedgewood Pharmacy, which is one of the largest compounding pharmacies in the nation. Its procedures comply with the strict USP <795> and <797> standards and every compounded preparation undergoes at least five pharmacist-checks before it is dispensed. Wedgewood Pharmacy is known nationally for the consistency of the medications it prepares.”

About Wedgewood Pharmacy

A compounding pharmacy creates customized medications for individual patients in response to a licensed practitioner’s prescription. Wedgewood Pharmacy is one of the largest compounding pharmacies in the United States, serving more than 25,000 prescribers of compounded medications. It is located in Swedesboro NJ and licensed throughout the United States.

Background: About Compounding Pharmacy

Because every patient is different and has different needs, customized, compounded medications are a vital part of quality medical care. The basis of the profession of pharmacy has always been the "triad," the patient-prescriber-pharmacist relationship.

Through this relationship, patient needs are determined by a prescriber, who chooses a treatment regimen that may include a compounded medication. Prescribers often prescribe compounded medications for reasons that include (but are not limited to) the following situations:

  • When needed medications are discontinued by or generally unavailable from pharmaceutical companies, often because the medications are no longer profitable to manufacture;
  • When the patient is allergic to certain preservatives, dyes or binders in available off-the shelf medications;
  • When treatment requires tailored dosage strengths for patients with unique needs (for example, an infant);
  • When a pharmacist can combine several medications the patient is taking to increase compliance;
  • When the patient cannot ingest the medication in its commercially available form and a pharmacist can prepare the medication in cream, liquid or other form that the patient can easily take; and
  • When medications require flavor additives to make them more palatable for some patients.

back to News and Press Releases Listings >>