Choosing the right loan for your clinic

  |   Sponsored News, Uncategorized

They say that time heals all wounds, but in some cases too much time might cause more pain than we think. For veterinarians – no strangers to aiding in client pain management – the length of your clinic loan might harbor some hidden pain if the term is too long. Consider loan term. Until the late 1990’s, banks typically structured five year loans for most veterinary clinics. As banking relationships have evolved, that common loan duration has stretched first to seven...

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Changes with tramadol and tramadol containing drugs

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

As reported last week, effective August 18, 2014, tramadol and products containing tramadol will be classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance pursuant to 21 CFR 1308. While federal law has changed, Washington state law must still go through rulemaking to include tramadol in the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). Although it’s not yet required, WA veterinarians are asked to voluntarily report to the PMP the dispensing of greater than fourteen-day supplies of tramadol and products containing tramadol after August 18...

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U.S. House passes the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

The House passed H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act on July 8, bringing it one step closer to the president’s desk. The bill will make it legal for veterinarians to transport and use controlled substances outside of their registered locations, often their clinics or homes. The Senate passed its version of the bill early this year. Going forward, the Senate will either have to pass the House’s version of the bill (H.R. 1528), or the House will have to pass...

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White Coat donations for Class of 2018

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

This year’s White Coat ceremony will take place August 21, 2014 at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Each first-year veterinary student will be introduced and presented with a white lab coat with his/her name and the WSVMA logo embroidered on the coat. We need your help to make the 2014 White Coat Ceremony a success. You can sponsor a specific student or make a general donation. You also have the option of sponsoring a student from your local...

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DEA marks tramadol as Schedule IV drug

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published its decision to schedule tramadol a Schedule IV controlled substance, effective August 18, 2014. The DEA conducted an eight-month analysis and determined that tramadol has a low potential for abuse and limited physical dependence relative to Schedule III drugs, but still recognizes it as an opiate capable of triggering addictions similar to morphine. Tramadol is used for pain management in dogs and cats. Washington veterinarians must start reporting the dispensing of greater than fourteen-day supplies...

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