Vaccine Legislation Rejected in Maine and Nevada, Will Other States Follow Suit?
The Texas Senate recently unanimously passed legislation proposed by Sen. Kirk Watson to ban gas euthanasia for shelter pets. The legislation - Senate Bill 360 - is now under consideration by the Texas House of Representatives.
Clinics Must Truncate Credit Cards
Iowa Halts Ban on Supplements
Maine Law Protects Pets in Domestic Abuse Cases
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to ban the sale of certain rodenticides to the general public, a move which could help prevent one of the most frequent causes of pet poisoning. In addition to banning the most toxic anticoagulant rodenticides (brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum), the agency also plans to stop the sale of most loose bait and pellet-form rodenticides to cut down on accidental poisonings of children and pets.
Breed-Specific Bans and Other Animal Control Ordinances Affect Veterinarians
It's official: Prozinc's not just for cats anymore. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last week that it had approved ProZinc for the treatment of hyperglycemia and clinical signs associated with hyperglycemia in dogs with diabetes mellitus.
California veterinarians are getting a mixed message from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regarding controlled drugs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The AVMA says that veterinarians in the Sacramento area were recently contacted by the regional DEA office and asked to confirm that their DEA license was associated with a residence. At that time, veterinarians were also reminded that federal regulations prohibited them from carrying controlled drugs out of the location associated with their DEA registration. The AVMA says that according to the national DEA office, there has not been a change in the DEA’s interpretation or enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act. The review of registration applications in California appears to be the result of a regional office confirming that the applicant’s principal place of business was indeed a residential address, the AVMA said. Prohibiting veterinary practices from being allowed to transport controlled substances out of their DEA registration location would make it difficult for veterinarians to appropriately practice medicine.
This year, many veterinary practices will be required to comply with the federal “Identity Theft Red Flags and Address Discrepancies Under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003,” otherwise know as the “Red Flags Rule.” A Federal Trade Commission website helps explain the rule –designed to fight identity theft – and lays out the terms under which a business would need to follow it. Under the rule, which exists on the books now but will not be enforced until May 1, businesses that qualify as “creditors” and have “covered accounts” must develop and implement identity theft prevention programs. Accepting credit cards as payment does not necessarily qualify a business as a” creditor” under the rule, but businesses that bill consumers after services are provided are considered creditors.