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Adding to victories for veterinarians in Florida, Illinois, Georgia, and Mississippi, Minnesota has amended a relevant statute to clarify that veterinarians may order non-patient-specific compounded medications for office administration and dispensing. It becomes effective on July 1, 2019:
“Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 151.253, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:
Emergency veterinary compounding.
A pharmacist working within a pharmacy licensed by the board in the veterinary pharmacy license category may compound and provide a drug product to a veterinarian without first receiving a patient-specific prescription only when:
In the wake of the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013 (DQSA), a number of state Boards of Pharmacy have tried to harmonize their states’ regulations of the compounded medications used by virtually every practicing veterinarian with this law. The problem with these changes has been that the DQSA recognizes the distinct natures of practicing medicine for human health and for animal health. As a result, the law applies exclusively to the practice of medicine for human health. So, harmonization efforts aimed at veterinary medicine that mirror restrictions placed on compounded medication for human use have sometimes inadvertently restricted or eliminated veterinarians’ access to critical compounds.
Wedgewood Pharmacy is a strong advocate for veterinarians’ access to compounded medications and supports efforts nationally and in various states to create or change legislation and regulation that serves the real needs of veterinarians, their clients, and their patients. State Boards of Veterinary Medicine have been active, too, in working with State Boards of Pharmacy to create a regulatory environment that recognizes how compounded medications are prescribed, administered, and dispensed by veterinarians.
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