Scholarship students at Penn Vet are breathing easier this week.Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to pass a series of bills already passed by the State Senate that would approve $600 million in state funding to half a dozen universities, including $30 million earmarked for Penn Vet, the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
In this era of digital everything, dispensing veterinary advice online may be considered the wave of the future, but not any time soon according to a recent ruling. Today, in a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the appeal of Ronald Hines, DVM, a Texas veterinarian who had been dispensing online veterinary advice until he was stopped by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners (TBVME), according to the Los Angeles Times.
On May 18, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed H.B. 593, mandating that Texas law enforcement officers take canine encounter training prior to the second anniversary of employment. The law took effect on Sept. 1 and applies to new hire law enforcement personnel only. The law was passed in the wake of, and as a response to, a number of incidents in Texas in which dogs were killed by police officers in the line of duty.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.