October 01, 2005


 Veterinarians may report adverse events to USDA-CVB

Posted Sept. 15, 2005

Veterinarians may report adverse events following the use of veterinary biologic products to the product's manufacturer and to the Department of Agriculture's Center for Veterinary Biologics. The CVB regulates veterinary biologics—such as vaccines, bacterins, antisera, diagnostic kits, and other products of biological origin—to ensure that the veterinary biologics available for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of animal diseases are pure, safe, potent, and effective.

Report adverse events to the CVB electronically at the center's Web site, by mailing or faxing to the center a completed report form, which is also available on the Web site; or by calling the center at (800) 752-6255. The CVB has updated its Web site to make reporting easier and added a separate form for reporting diagnostic adverse events.

For more information on reporting adverse events, turn to "Postmarketing surveillance for dog and cat vaccines: new resources in changing times" by Dr. George E. Moore et al on page1066 of this issue of JAVMA.