Animals to Be Included in Federal, Local Emergency Plans
Compounding drugs for animal patients is regulated by 50 different state boards of pharmacy and murky federal laws. Although compounded drugs are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they are allowed when approved drugs are not available or suitable for the intended use. Veterinarians should remember a few key things in order to stay safe and on the right side of the law. Potency, safety, efficacy and bioavailability are not guaranteedCompounding from bulk chemicals is in a “regulatory void”Compounds may only be distributed to the patient for which they were prescribedCompounding to make a cheaper version of an approved drug that already exists is illegal Use a PCAB-accredited compounding pharmacy when possible
In most places, the COVID vaccine rollout is confused at best. Vet med professionals share their vaccination frustrations and successes.
With mask restrictions now lifted in most US states and most states scheduled to be fully open with a few restrictions by July 4, many veterinary professionals are wondering what’s on the horizon as far as safety protocols.
For most of your AAHA colleagues, the answer is “No.” But for some, it’s “Yes.” The rollout’s still a mess, but there are bright spots.
Most people know that the Veterinarian’s Oath focuses on caring for animals and protecting animal welfare. But there is also a very important line in the Oath: a newly minted veterinarian must also swear to benefit society through “the promotion of public health.”
As states begin to authorize veterinarians to administer COVID vaccinations (should the need arise), some might ask, “What’s in it for me?” Potentially, a vaccination.
Each month in NEWStat , we highlight an article from the upcoming issue of Trends magazine. Many nosocomial or hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) go unnoticed, according to the 2018 AAHA Infection Control, Prevention, and Biosecurity (ICPB) Guidelines. That means “solely relying upon the awareness of outbreaks as a measure of effective ICPB practices results in a false sense of security and unnecessary patient and staff health risks,” the guidelines warned.
The CDC and the USDA announced last week the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in two pet cats in New York State. In the wake of that announcement, the CDC now recommends that pet owners follow the same social distancing guidelines with their pets as with human family members.
A controversial proposed amendment to Oregon’s Veterinary Practice Act may have ripple effects that could change the way veterinarians nationwide practice telemedicine (also known as connected care ) in years to come.