Federal Regulatory

Veterinary Feed Directive Q&A Webinar on Nov. 15

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

GlobalVetLINK is hosting a free Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Question and Answer Webinar on Tuesday, November 15 at 12:00 p.m. CT for veterinarians, producers and feed distributors who want more information about VFD compliance and management. With final implementation of the new VFD changes approaching on January 1, many questions remain throughout the industry about compliance. GVL's VFD Q&A webinar features industry leaders discussing the most common questions they have been hearing, and their interpretation of the changes. The last half...

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House votes to delay overtime rule, Senate won’t vote until after elections

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

Before adjourning for election season, the House voted to delay the implementation of the federal overtime rule, even as the December 1 deadline looms. The controversial regulations expand time and a half pay for salaried employees who work more than 40 hours per week. The rule affects workers in the public and private sectors as well as non-profit organizations, such as charities that provide veterinary services for a fee. The new rule, that’s due to go into effect on December...

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DEA is holding Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, April 30

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has collection sites set up to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications.  Potentially dangerous, unwanted medicines can be brought to one of over 5,000 collection sites around the country this Saturday, April 30th, from 10 am-2 pm local time.  This service is free of charge. Find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov and clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon, and entering your zip code into the search window, or call 800-882-9539. Only pills and...

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NAVTA calls for standardized name and credentialing

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) has announced their plans to establish a national standard for credentialing and change their name to “veterinary nurses.”  Over the next five to ten years, NAVTA’s plan includes working with the American Veterinary Medical Association, state legislatures and professional organizations to create common terminology, practice acts, policies and procedures, which they indicate will ultimately unify the profession, grow professional recognition, and provide enhanced patient care. According to Washington State Association of Veterinary...

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DEA changes interpretation of Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

When the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act was signed by President Obama in 2014, it became legal for veterinarians to carry controlled substances across state lines to provide medical care to patients outside of their clinics. Earlier this year the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) indicated they were not in complete agreement with the AVMA or Congress regarding the interpretation of the legislation.  The AVMA met recently with DEA officials and after learning that states allow veterinarians to be licensed regardless of...

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Ketamine Update

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

The World Health Organization Expert Committee on Drug Dependency has recommended that Ketamine NOT be put under international control due to concerns that this would limit medical access to an important veterinary drug.  The AVMA worked hard alongside the World Veterinary Association to lobby the WHO on behalf leaving Ketamine off of international scheduling.  Read AVMA’s full story here....

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Prominent pharmacy association calls for pharmacies to have veterinary drug reference on hand

  |   Federal Regulatory, State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) has issued a call for pharmacies to have ready access to a veterinary drug reference such as Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook.  In response to the increasing number of medication errors by pharmacists, NABP added to the 2015 Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules, language that each pharmacy shall have access to a veterinary reference. The NABP doesn’t carry authority over their members’ state board, but the Model State Pharmacy Act provides pharmacy boards...

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International ketamine rescheduling under consideration– Comments due by Oct. 15

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

The World Health Organization (WHO) may be considering another proposed change to the international scheduling of ketamine, and the AVMA is seeking your help in asking the FDA to protect veterinarians' access to this critical drug. In April, the AVMA announced that the WHO had received a proposal from China to regulate ketamine hydrochloride as a Schedule 1 drug. The AVMA, in cooperation with the World Veterinary Association and the World Medical Association, advocated against this change because international regulation of...

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FDA Issues Revised Guidance on Veterinary Feed Directive Regulation Questions and Answers

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued revised Guidance for Industry (GFI) #120, “Veterinary Feed Directive Regulation Questions and Answers.” The FDA also announced that veterinarians in states that do not require a VFD to be issued within the context of a VCPR that includes federally-defined key elements will be required to follow the federal VCPR requirements. Until the Veterinary Board of Governors completes the VCPR rulemaking process sometime in 2016, Washington veterinarians must follow federal requirements. Revised GFI...

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FDA issues Veterinary Feed Directive to address antibiotic use

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule, which is intended to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. The rule will bring the use of these drugs under veterinary supervision and producers will have to obtain veterinary approval prior to using feed that contains medically important antibiotics. The rule also has a provision that veterinarians must adhere to state laws related to the veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR), provided that the VCPR...

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