Administrative Rule requiring prescriptions goes into effect August 27, 2016
The Veterinary Board of Governors finalized a new rule, WAC 246-933-350, that will require veterinarians to provide clients a written prescription upon request. If a client under a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship requests it, the veterinarian must provide a written prescription, or call, fax, or electronically send the prescription to a licensed pharmacy of the client’s choosing. The new rule will provide pet owners flexibility and cost savings when obtaining medications for their pets.
Honoring a client’s request for a prescription in lieu of dispensing is a provision of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) Principals of Veterinary Medical Ethics. Once adopted, Washington will join over 30 states that require veterinarians to provide a prescription when requested.