AVMA resolution addresses veterinary pharmacology training for pharmacists

  |   Medicine, Uncategorized

At their upcoming meeting in July, the AVMA Board of Directors is recommending that the House of Delegates approve a resolution that calls for inclusion of veterinary pharmacology courses within professional pharmacy curricula and within continuing education programs for licensed pharmacists. The resolution is meant to improve communications between veterinarians and pharmacists and to reduce pet medication errors. Surveys conducted by the Washington State and Oregon VMAs revealed the numerous occurrences where pharmacists changed prescribed doses or substituted a different...

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Legislature’s regular session ends, budget still not set

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

The Washington State Legislature adjourned sine die early evening on Friday, two days before the end of the regular 105-day regular session.  Governor Inslee has called a special session to begin on Wednesday April 29.  The special session can last for 30 days. The special session was called because legislators have not yet agreed on a two-year operating budget as well as other major issues including responding to the McCleary decision to adequately fund K-12 education, a transportation funding proposal,...

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2015 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference & Trade Show to be held in Tacoma

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

WSVMA’s annual conference and trade show for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, assistants and practice managers/staff will be held in Tacoma September 25-27, 2015 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center and Visitors Bureau. The program is planned and the line-up this year is stellar. Drs. Mike Lappin and Catriona MacPhail headline the Small Animal Program with additional sessions from local specialists in the subjects of cardiology, dermatology, and new information in transphenoidal hypophysectomy. Dr. Harry Werner headlines the Equine program along with several...

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FDA addressing large volume intravenous (IV) solution shortage

  |   Medicine, Uncategorized

Due to the shortage of 3-5 liter volume units of fluids intended for intravenous (IV) administration in large animals, the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is temporarily exercising enforcement discretion for the distribution of IV fluid products into the United States. Dechra Veterinary Products will provide products from their Ireland manufacturing facility, which will be distributed by Vedco Inc. Henry Schein Animal Health will distribute products manufactured by Baxter Healthcare Pty Ltd from Australia. SyPharma Pty Ltd who manufactures their...

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VCPR definition out for comment

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

The Veterinary Board of Governors sent out for comment the language of the draft rule that will define the Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR).  The basis for interaction between veterinarians, clients, and their patients, Washington has been one of the few states lacking a legal definition of the VCPR. After VBOG used an internal policy to guide them when violations occurred in disciplinary cases, they decided it was time to codify it into the veterinary regulations. Under the new rule, a valid VCPR...

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