New app available to help identify hazardous drugs

  |   Professional News

A new mobile app is available that may help veterinarians and veterinary employers enhance worker safety in handling dangerous drugs. The app is offered by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), a scientific, nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. It is available for $3.99 for Apple and Android devices. The goal of the app is to help healthcare workers – including veterinarians – safely handle hazardous drugs...

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Experts discuss opioid shortage

  |   Animal Health

Veterinary Practice News organized a roundtable discussion with five anesthesiologists and pain management experts to discuss the reasons behind the opioid shortage and best practices for identifying solutions to the problem. Read a transcript of the discussion here.   Posted March 9, 2018...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Yes, dogs can get the flu, too – The Columbian Steve’s Raw Frozen Dog Food Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination – Seattle Times Redbarn expands recall of bully sticks because they may be tainted with salmonella – Seattle Times Pet owners don’t always hear what we think we tell them (and how to fix that) – Partners for Healthy Pets How to report sexual harassment – DVM360   Posted March 9, 2018...

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Opioid shortage expected to continue into 2019

  |   Animal Health

Opioid shortages – particularly injectable fentanyl, morphine, and hydromorphone – continue to impact veterinarians’ ability to provide appropriate pain management for patients and are anticipated to last into 2019. The shortage stems largely from upgrades being made to a Pfizer Inc. manufacturing plant. While Pfizer manufactures most of these products, some other drug manufacturers may be considering whether and how they can produce more of these medications to meet patient needs. The AVMA has been communicating closely with both the U.S. Food...

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Client reminder program is available to veterinary practices at no cost

  |   Animal Health

Study results from the Partners for Healthy Pets’ (PHP) new inactive client reminder program has convincingly demonstrated the program’s ability to re-engage inactive clients with their veterinary practices. It was shown that within six months of implementing the program, participating veterinary practices: Generated an average of 128 patient visits, from formerly inactive clients. Had an overall 8.5% inactive-client response rate (the percentage of clients who responded to the email and brought their pets in for an appointment), which is considered...

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