Jun
2
2015
Two million illnesses and nearly 23,000 deaths. That’s the annual count in the United States from drug-resistant bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). (The global count is predicted to rise from 750,000 to 10 million, notes National Geographic.) That’s why today, representatives of more that 150 food companies, retailers, and human and animal health stakeholders convened in a daylong gathering in Washington, D.C., for the “White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship.” ...more
Apr
7
2015
On March 25, the Supreme Court revived the lawsuit of a former United Parcel Service (UPS) worker who claimed UPS discriminated against her when she was pregnant, reported the Washington Post. In so doing, the Supreme Court clarified and endorsed stronger legal protections for pregnant workers. ...more
Apr
6
2015
The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy (NC BOP) has issued a recall for all lots of non‐sterile and sterile products compounded, repackaged, and distributed by the Prescription Center Pharmacy between September 10, 2014, and March 10, 2015. The products were distributed in the U.S. and Canada.
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Apr
1
2015
On March 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected Ronald Hines, DVM’s appeal. That appeal challenged the Texas rule that requires veterinarians to conduct patient physical exams before practicing veterinary medicine. The U.S. Court of Appeals found that a Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship (VCPR) cannot be established solely by telephone or electronic means. ...more
Mar
31
2015
On March 17, Democrat Tick Segerblom introduced SB372 in the Nevada state legislature. It extends the use of medical marijuana to its ailing pet population. The pet-for-pots clause is part of a larger bill that will go on the 2016 ballot to legalize and regulate marijuana like alcohol, reported the Times.
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Mar
11
2015
On March 18, the Colorado Senate Agricultural Committee will hear testimony on House Bill 15-1187, passed by the Colorado House on Feb. 20. The bill authorizes the state board of veterinary medicine, if it believes a licensed veterinarian is unable to practice due to mental illness, alcoholism, or drug or controlled-substance use, to require the veterinarian to submit to a mental health exam.
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Feb
24
2015
On Feb. 10, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued its 2014 figures, and reported 17 animal fatalities and 26 injuries. United Airlines topped the list, with five deaths and 13 injuries....more
Feb
23
2015
One thousand dogs dead. Another 5,800 sick, along with 25 cats and 3 people. That was the count on Sept. 30, 2014, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tallied the number of illnesses and deaths from animals who ate chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, most of which were imported from China. Last week, on Feb. 19, the FDA issued an update on the investigation, noting a significant drop in the number of reports. ...more
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