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There has been some discussion about the potential for veterinarians to assist in the vaccination of humans against COVID. Potential interest on the part of some veterinarians is understandable as the profession often responds to disasters and we naturally want to help. We know that having veterinarians volunteer to assist in vaccinating humans is not under consideration at this time in most states. There are however some states where there have been preliminary discussions or even requests for potential volunteers to identify themselves. As organizations consider the topic, one important issue...

Updated January 6, 2021 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued emergency use authorizations (EUA) for the first COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020. Vaccines authorized for emergency use by the agency are those that, based on large clinical trials, have met standards of efficacy and safety established for emergency use. Additional vaccines are in various stages of investigation. FAQ: Vaccination against COVID-19 Vaccine access for veterinary personnel The AVMA has advocated actively and successfully at the federal level for veterinary personnel to be considered a priority group for vaccination. Based on the U.S. Centers for...

Yesterday, January 4, a letter from MDVMA on behalf of its members was sent to the Governor and secretaries of the departments of agriculture and health requesting that veterinarians and veterinary team members be included and listed, after front-line health workers, for receiving the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. As of this writing, we have not received confirmation that veterinarians and their staff have been assigned to a specific phase of the vaccination rollout plan, however, prioritization is subject to change. In the meantime, we will monitor the process and continue to seek clarification. When...

Congress has passed a fourth COVID-19 relief bill and a comprehensive spending package to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2021. These packages include many of AVMA’s top advocacy priorities, including fixing the unfavorable IRS tax treatment of expenses paid with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, streamlined PPP loan forgiveness for loans of up to $150,000, up to $20 million for animal health infrastructure’s role in the COVID-19 response, AVMA-led One Health report language, and funding for key federal programs important to veterinary medicine. Leveraging the AVMA...

Dear Maryland Veterinarians, Thank you for your continued efforts to safely prescribe and dispense controlled dangerous substances (CDS) in Maryland while protecting and promoting animal health and welfare. This letter seeks to provide guidance regarding the registration and use of PDMP by veterinarians. Registration Under HB437 (Chapter 147, 2016), all CDS prescribers and pharmacists licensed to dispense CDS in Maryland must be registered with the PDMP by July 1, 2017. Effective February 15, 2018, a prescriber must be PDMP-registered before being issued a new or renewal CDS Permit by the Office of Controlled...

Based on feedback from member veterinarians and other stakeholders, the AVMA has compiled a list of key points to share with the FDA in our formal comments on the proposed FDA Draft Guidance for Industry #256: Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Substances. The deadline for commenting on the draft guidance is October 15, 2020. The AVMA has been gathering input from members and others since the proposed guidance was released in November 2019. AVMA’s formal comments to the FDA will include, among others, support for these provisions: Three sets of circumstances in which...

The Board office has received a number of complaints from consumers who do not like curbside service. You have probably heard the same complaints. We want to clarify the Board’s position. Although you are required to operate in a manner that adheres to the Governor’s Executive Orders and local laws, and is consistent with CDC guidelines, you are not required to provide strict curbside service IF you can operate safely some other way, based on the physical size and configuration of your facility. The Board believes curbside service is the safest...

An AVMA blog post (New webinar explains proposed rules on bulk compounding) relays information about a new on-demand webinar on AVMA Axon that shares more information about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Draft Guidance for Industry #256, which addresses veterinary drug compounding from bulk substances. The webinar, presented by an FDA veterinarian, gives important background to help veterinarians provide informed feedback on FDA’s proposed guidance while it’s open for public comment. The AVMA requested an extension of the deadline for commenting and believe it will be granted this...

By: Ashley S. Morgan, DVM, CAE, Director | Division of State Advocacy, American Veterinary Medical Association In 2018, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)—the organization that develops and disseminates public compendial quality standards for medicines and other articles—published proposed revisions to General Chapters <795> and <797> of Pharmaceutical Compounding regarding nonsterile and sterile preparations, respectively. The AVMA received input from our councils and committees, various species-specific veterinary organizations and members, then met with USP staff to provide feedback on the revisions. On June 1, 2019, the USP posted updated revisions, and AVMA...

The American Veterinary Medical Association respectfully requests at least a 120-day extension to the comment period for Docket ID: FDA-2018-D-4533; Compounding Animal Drugs From Bulk Drug Substances; Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability. The COVID-19 pandemic has required the AVMA to focus its efforts on ensuring veterinary practices are deemed essential businesses and providing information and resources for veterinarians so that they are able to continue protecting animal health and welfare and public health, while ensuring to the greatest extent possible the safety of their practice teams and clients. As such, we...

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