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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Washington Tick Surveillance Project results are in

  |   One Health, Uncategorized

The Washington State Department of Health recently released the results of their 2014-2015 tick surveillance and testing along with a summary of the last five years of tick data collection. This survey confirms that we remain an area with low incidence of tick borne disease, but it does show that we do have Ixodes ticks carrying Borrelia burgdorferi (agent of lyme disease) and Anaplasma phagocytophilum. It is interesting to note the distribution of ticks across our state. Tick borne disease...

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WSVMA resources on feline declawing

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

On Wednesday, October 20, 2015, we notified members about an anti-declawing social media campaign aimed at veterinarians. To our knowledge, no Washington state veterinarian has been targeted.  Regardless, such attacks could come at any time, given the unpredictability of such sites as Facebook, Reddit, Twitter and others. The WSVMA has been proactive in addressing issues surrounding declawing. In 2013, a member survey was conducted and the results showed that the frequency with which declaw surgeries are performed is greatly reduced and...

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Ballot measure aims to save threatened animals

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

Ballot initiative 1041, designed to help save animals threatened with extinction, will come before Washington voters on Election Day November 3. The measure would prohibit the purchase, sale, and distribution of products made from a list of 10 endangered animals being exploited to the point of potential extinction, and will be enforced by strong penalties. The animals protected by I-1401 include elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, marine turtles, pangolins, sharks and rays. Seattle and Tacoma together represents the third...

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California enacts strict new animal antibiotic law

  |   One Health, Uncategorized

California last week passed a law that limits the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on Saturday making California the first state to require a veterinarian’s prescription for therapeutic antibiotic use in livestock, ban other uses such as low-dosage levels to prevent disease and require data collection on antibiotic use in food production operations. The law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2018, was put into place to address the growing spread of antibiotic...

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