Model law: Pharmacies should keep a reference on veterinary drugs

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​The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy recently amended the NABP Model State Pharmacy Act to require pharmacies that dispense veterinary drugs to have ready access to at least one current reference on veterinary drugs, such as Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook.

The change results from an NABP resolution that calls for pharmacists dispensing medications for veterinary patients to possess the competence and have access to the resources necessary to appropriately dispense and provide patient care.

The NABP also adopted a resolution to encourage the development and availability of veterinary pharmacology education at schools and colleges of pharmacy in collaboration with schools of veterinary medicine.

The intent of the NABP Model State Pharmacy Act is to provide state boards of pharmacy with model language for developing state laws or board rules for the purpose of protecting public health.