Community pharmacies are playing an increasing role in animal health care and will continue to do so. This information can assist you in discussing prescriptions with your clients and pharmacists, and includes suggestions for helping to prevent medication errors at the pharmacy.
The Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act (AMDUCA) permits veterinarians to prescribe extra-label uses of certain approved new animal drugs and approved human drugs for animals under certain conditions.
The most effective way to send a message to retail pharmacists that it is not okay to change veterinary prescriptions is to lodge a complaint against a pharmacist who strays from his or her laws.
All drugs used by a veterinary facility must be acquired from a supplier that is registered with the Oregon Board of Pharmacy. As part of your Self-Inspection Checklist, you must provide the OVMEB with the names of each supplier along with that company’s license with the OBOP.
The new Minimum Standards for Veterinary Drugs, adopted by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board in 2020, require facilities to have written policies and procedures on the procurement and management of drugs. In addition, they must be readily retrievable if requested by the OVMEB during an inspection of the facility.