I got it from my local forum, so sharing. I did NOT have time to read all the details, but the way it sounds on first look it can be an issue for those of us using "mobile" vets (I do for my horses, and will try one for my pets fist time this year).
Mobile Vets Under Fire | Petside
Published April 18, 2013
Mobile veterinarians offering complete care services (treating
injuries, providing hospice care and euthanasia) may soon no longer be
able to provide them to their patients due to the Controlled Substance
Act, legislation that was passed in 1970.
Recently the agency that enforces the law, the Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA), has informed veterinary organizations that unless
there is a statutory change in the CSA, mobile veterinarians are in
violation of the law and no longer will be able to offer such complete
care to their patients.
Veterinarians practicing in several different states, including
California have already received “cease and desist” letters from the
DEA. Veterinarians in Washington state have also been informed that they
are in violation of the law. While the law has not yet affected
veterinarians’ practices, they are concerned that if it does, it will
mean that veterinarians in mobile practices will no longer be able to
legally administer controlled substance for pain management for small or
large animals. It also will prohibit euthanasia to pets in their homes
or to large animals on farms if the service is performed outside a
mobile vet's registered locations.
Why these reminders and warning are suddenly being issued remains a
mystery. Some speculated that drugs may have been stolen from a mobile
unit or a new DEA investor “feeling their oats” is chomping on the bit
to enforce it.
In response to this query, the American Veterinary Medical Association
shed some light on the issue. “It all started when a DEA office in
California decided to interpret the regulations differently. Then other
states added in. But at the federal level, they were saying there was no
change in how the regulations were being interpreted.”
This is why it’s crucial to get this legislation introduced to avoid
future changes in interpretation that could be detrimental to
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