Kansas suspends veterinarian for drug reselling

Published on May 01, 2006
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The Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners has suspended the license of a veterinarian for reselling prescription drugs and ethical veterinary products to retailers, who sold the products directly to consumers.

Veterinarians' licenses allow them only to prescribe, administer, or dispense prescription drugs within a veterinarian-client-patient relationship in the course of professional practice. And ethical products, as the AVMA defines them, are products for which the manufacturer has voluntarily limited sale to veterinarians.

In the Kansas case of drug reselling, the board of veterinary examiners provided excerpts of the disciplinary petition and the Feb. 21 final order to veterinarians throughout the state to serve as notice of the board's position regarding such activities.

Dr. John Doe, whose actual identity the board did not reveal, agreed not to contest charges that he and complicit veterinarians purchased ethical veterinary products and resold the products to retailers—including Internet retailers.

The board suspended Dr. Doe's license for two years, but the suspension takes effect only if he commits similar acts during a 36-month probation period. The board also assessed a $3,000 administrative fine.

The board, in sharing excerpts of the case, recommended that veterinarians review the AVMA Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics, Section VI, paragraph D: "It is unethical for veterinarians to use or permit the use of their names, signatures, or professional status in connection with the resale of ethical products in a manner which violates those directions or conditions specified by the manufacturer to ensure the safe and efficacious use of the product."