Controlled Substance Prescriptions Survey
As the opioid crisis grips the nation, states are looking to the veterinary profession as a potential source of additional regulation to quell diversion and abuse. In many states, veterinarians are required to log into that state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) database every time a controlled substance is dispensed. In other states, veterinarians are completely exempt from any additional type of regulation beyond what is required by the DEA and the state board of pharmacy. In others, veterinarians are required to self-report all controlled substance prescriptions on a regular basis to the state department of health. When Pennsylvania introduced its PDMP several years ago, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) was successful in convincing legislators that veterinarians should be exempt. The law that was passed exempted our profession from being a mandatory reporter of dispensed controlled substances.
Because the opioid crisis has increased in intensity, we again face the possibility of being included as a mandatory reporter of dispensed controlled substances. Our state legislators in Harrisburg have enlisted PVMA’s assistance to try to determine the most effective and equitable course of action in Pennsylvania with regard to the veterinary profession. In an effort to be part of the solution to this debilitating epidemic, PVMA is working cooperatively with lawmakers to identify where veterinarians can be beneficial.
Our goal is to provide legislators with data that actually reflects the real prescribing, dispensing, and administering practices of the profession and dispel the myths that currently exist about our potential role in the epidemic. The first step in this effort is fact gathering, through this survey. Please take the time to answer the questions as accurately as possible. The survey consists of 30 questions and should take about 15 minutes to complete. Please answer to the best of your ability.
Thank you so much for your help. We are working hard to advocate for you as a member of our profession. If you are not currently a member, we encourage you to join our efforts at PAVMA.org.
Mary Jane McNamee, JD, VMD
PVMA's Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Committee