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Equine May 2008 (Vol 3, No 4)

Reading Room—Equine Product Formulary

by G. King

    This reference manual is a unique, comprehensive guide to medications and other products used in equine practice.

    Title: Equine Product Formulary

    Author: Linda Miller, DVM

    Editor: Joseph J. Bertone, DVM, MS, DACVIM

    Publisher: North American Compendiums, Inc.

    Year: 2008

    Pages: 212

    ISBN: 978-1-889750-93-4

    This soft-cover reference manual is a unique, comprehensive guide to medications and other products used in equine practice. Products included in the formulary range from antimicrobials, cardiovascular drugs, ophthalmic medications, and hormones to vitamins, minerals, supplements, and hoof-care items.

    The main sections of the book include Abbreviations (common medical), Product Category/Use Index, and Formulary. Additional references include AAEP Vaccination Guidelines, FDA Information, Drug Compounding, and Adverse Drug Reporting.

    The product list in the Formulary section is extensive, including approximately 5,500 products that are used in the United States and internationally. Medical products are listed alphabetically in the Formulary by drug/ingredient name, allowing quick location of the product information. A detailed monograph for each product is structured under headings such as Uses, Dosage, Available Forms, and Other Names. Multiple indications for use, along with appropriate dosages, are often given for each product. However, not all uses of the medication may be listed. A brief list of side effects and contraindications is often provided. The Product Index at the end of the manual is user-friendly and comprehensive, listing generic and trade names.

    This exceptional manual is an excellent quick-reference source for medications and dosages as well as other equine products. It is an especially beneficial formulary for ambulatory veterinarians because of the extensive list of medications (including commonly used dosages) and horse-care products. I highly recommend this invaluable formulary as a quick-reference guide for equine veterinarians working in all aspects of the industry as well as a learning aid for veterinary students.

    Reviewed by:
    Amy I. Bentz, VMD, DACVIM
    Veterinary Learning Systems
    Yardley, Pennsylvania

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