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A veterinarian in one of my Facebook groups has said that she has been told that there will be a "serious" shortage of Vetmedin soon, for an undetermined amount of time, due to paperwork issues at the one factory that produces it. She recommends that you talk with your veterinarian before you need a refill about either possibly either switching to a different medication or working with a compounding pharmacy.
 

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There is a pharmacy in NJ that compounds it and cheaply. I forget the name of the place but Sharon Marinelli would know (Sharjet).
Wedgewood pharmacy
Their compounded 10mg pimobendan is inexpensive, about 1/4 price of vetmedin tabs. I order from here- thanks Dax for the recommendation.
 

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There is one pharmacy that is a compounding pharmacy (Stokes Pharmacy) but is "manufacturing" pimobendin (the generic for Vetmedin)--manufacturing falls under different regulations than "compounding" and Stokes is manufacturing it to specific formulation of Vetmedin. Here's a phone number for Stokes 1 800-7545222. Our vet clinic had to go through a whole application process in order to sell it--and they make 10mg and all of the smaller pimobendin's)

One of the cardiologists that I've used doesn't believe that it is properly stabilized and/or contains the appropriate amount of pimobendin in each pill. But our vet/whistleblower and investigative researcher says that this is not true of Stokes because they fall under different regulations than compounding pharmacies do. Her take and that of at least one other of the cardiologists I know and have used for my dogs agrees with our vet.

Briefly, there have been problems in the past with compounding pharmacies not using the appropriate chemicals to stabilize pimobendin so often dogs were not getting results from the compounded products. Don't know if Wedgewood was one of the culprits or not but evidently there is a series of lab tests that must be run to determine if the "compounded" pimobendin is correctly compounded.

At any rate--the clinic where I work has carried the Stokes product for close to a year and my dog has been on the Stokes 10mg pimobendin for most o that time. He's also been on 5mg Vetmedin when we could get any or when I was fortunate enough to inherit the 5mg Vetmedin from a dog who died from DCM. But the Stokes formulation seems to be the real thing--at least my dog thinks so.

The information I gave above is what was on the container from Stokes and I may have more information at the clinic but don't have it at home.

The issue with the non "Vetmedin" products has to do with the stabilization of the product--evidently the chemicals used are expensive and if not present in appropriate quantities the compounded drug will not provide sufficient medication to be therapuitic.

(Ya'll KNOW I'm neither a Vet nor a pharmacist--trying to explain it as best I can though)

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Just an FYI
 

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I forgot--there is really no medication that will actually do what pimobendin (Vetmedin) will do. The patent ran out on it last year I think and the company (German) who developed the original product and a number of compounding pharmacies had been making it for years (even before it was available in the US) Some of that locally produced pimobendin was that which was not properly stabilized is what caused the cardiologists to recommend not buying or dosing with the unbranded pimobendin (Vetmedin) unless they could produce the lab result proving that the stabilizers were present and the drug had the same results as the branded Vetmedin.

(I still feel like I'm just muddying the already muddy waters.--I'll quit now)

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