Sep
15
2015
On July 24, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174) was introduced in the House of Representatives. (In May, the Senate version of the bill, S. 1200, was introduced.) Both times, the bill failed to make its way out of committee to the floor for debate and a vote. That may not be the case in the future, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). ...more
Jul
20
2015
As of June 29, 40 states have reported a total of 181 people who have been infected with strains of salmonella, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak is from chicks, ducklings, and other live poultry. As a result, on July 1, the CDC issued guidelines for backyard flock owners. ...more
Jun
15
2015
It’s been a busy summer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ainsworth Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling five varieties of Rachel Ray™ Nutrish® wet cat food. And the FDA plans to release ingredient definitions and standards for animal food in September, preceded by a lot of buzz about what it should do....more
Jun
8
2015
Historically, when a veterinarian needed to compound drugs from bulk substances to meet a patient’s needs, he was breaking a federal law. Now, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is recognizing the need for that “lawless” act. On May 18, the FDA released Guidance for Industry #230 (GFI #230) on animal drug compounding from bulk drug substances. It also admitted that in limited circumstances, an animal drug compounded from bulk drug substances may be an appropriate treatment option. ...more
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
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