State & Local Issues - Pharmacy and Vaccination

Compounding

  • Compounding, AVMA position on
    Compounding is the manipulation of a drug, other than in accordance with the FDA approved label, to make a different formulation of the drug to meet the needs of a specific patient. 
  • Video explaining compounding rules

Compounding allows a veterinarian to tailor a therapy for a specific patient's need and the AVMA wants veterinarians to know and understand the rules of compounding so they can make sound judgements.

Internet pharmacies

  • Internet pharmacies, AVMA position on
    The following recommendations are offered as a guide to prescribing and client purchases.
  • Frequently asked questions
    With the recent emergence of Internet pharmacies, many pet owners have questions regarding their safety and credibility. The AVMA appreciates the rising cost of health care for pets as well as humans, but cautions pet owners to be aware of the risks that may be involved. 

National Provider Identifier Number (NPI)

Some pharmacies ask prescribing veterianrians for their Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration numbers, even for non-controlled substance prescriptions. Veterinarians want to know whether they should be giving out their DEA registration number, and whether they need an “NPI” number to prescribe, or whether they can just give their state veterinary license number? 

Prescriptions

  • SUMMARY REPORT

    : Client request for prescriptions
    This is a summary of laws that specifically address whether or not a veterinarian is required to provide a written prescription at the request of his or her client. 
  • Pharmacy board regulation of veterinary prescription drugs
    This is a summary of the laws governing state pharmacy boards' authority to regulate the sale of veterinary prescription drugs sold by non-veterinarians. 
  • VCPR requirement for prescriptions
    According to the AVMA Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics, it is unethical for a veterinarian to write a prescription or dispense a prescription drug outside a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR). 
  • Veterinary prescription drugs, Guidelines for
    The AVMA has prepared the following guidelines as a resource regarding the use and distribution of veterinary prescription drugs. 
  • Racehorse medications, AVMA policy
    The AVMA endorses the American Association of Equine Practitioners' policy on therapeutic medications in racehorses.           

Vaccination

  • Administration of rabies vaccination
    This is a compilation of state laws governing the administration of rabies vaccination. 
  • Vaccination principles
    Medical decisions about vaccine selection and protocols have become more complex. Selecting vaccine products and recommending vaccine programs are among the most complicated of medical decisions facing the veterinarian.