With Your Help, We're Growing
Thanks in large part to strong partnerships with you, our referrers, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital has seen more than a 30 percent increase in small animal caseload over the past five years. (In fact, Illinois has the seventh largest small animal caseload at a U.S. veterinary college, when patients seen in Urbana and Chicago are included.)
Recently, the university’s Board of Trustees authorized the college to pursue an $8 million hospital expansion to address facilities needs for small animal surgery and emergency services.
Important Opioid Updates
By Dr. Ashley Mitek
Illinois Law Requires Veterinarians to Register as Prescribers by January 1, 2018
Any veterinarian who writes prescriptions for controlled substances must enroll in the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program, according to Illinois Senate Bill 772, signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on December 13.
The registry will require veterinarians to document in the medical record their attempt to access client prescription history in the state’s PMP database to identify owners who may be trying to obtain opioids to use or sell illegally.
For more information, and to register, visit: https://www.ilpmp.org.
National Opioid Drug Shortage Will Pose Challenge to Patient Pain Management
The next time you reach for opioid pain medications for a patient, don’t take them for granted. In the coming months, the veterinary profession may face extreme shortages of opioids, including fentanyl, hydromorphone, morphine, and methadone, after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 25-percent decrease in the production of Schedule II opioid medications in 2017. The DEA is currently proposing a 20-percent reduction for 2018. The quota reduction is an effort to combat the growing opioid epidemic.
The remaining available supply of opioid medications is being preferentially distributed to human hospitals, which are already facing serious drug shortages. Many human hospitals can no longer acquire morphine, for example.
Veterinarians may need to alter their typical pain management protocols in light of these drug shortages.
We will continue to provide updates on this topic, as well as information on pain management therapies that will not be affected by the national drug shortage.
Additional resources: http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/dea-proposes-reducing-opioid-manufacturing-for-2018.
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