July 12, 2013

Webinars for the restart of Prescription Monitoring Program data submission

The Department of Health is holding two webinars designed to assist veterinarians and their staff in understanding the new changes in Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) data submission. The webinars will provide information on the legislative changes and rules changes, as well as cover how to submit data to the data collection vendor. Data collection resumed July 1, 2013 with the first report due October 10, 2013. Data collection includes a greater-than-14-day supply of schedule II – V controlled drugs dispensed between July 1 and Sept 30.

The webinars will take place at the following times:

Click on the date above to register for the webinars. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early.

Requirements for pesticide repackaging by veterinarians

It’s flea and tick time in Washington. The Washington State Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Management Division is reminding veterinarians who dispense opened single spot-on flea and tick products must label those re-packaged products according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements. The EPA recognizes the benefits of allowing veterinarians the discretion to repackage pesticide products to meet their clients’ individual needs. However, veterinarians are required to provide consumers adequate product information. The EPA has established rules veterinarians must follow when dispensing and repackaging pesticides:

a. The common or trade name(s) and percentage(s) of the active ingredient(s);
b. The EPA product registration number;
c. Use directions for the use prescribed;
d. The name and address of the veterinarian;
e. An antidote statement;
f.  Directions for disposal of the pesticide and the packaging; and
g. Human safety precautionary statements, including but not limited to "for application to animals only," "keep out of reach of children," and "in case of accident, contact local physician immediately."

If there is sufficient space on the package dispensed to the client, all of the information specified above must be physically attached to the package. If space on the package is not sufficient, items (a) through (d) must be physically attached. In addition, item (g) should be affixed to the container by wire, plastic, or similar means. The information in (e) and (f) may be supplied to the client in the form of supplemental labeling, which may consist of the original labeling of the pesticide as received by the veterinarian. Additionally, the container in which the pesticide is dispensed to the client must be child-resistant, unless the veterinarian has determined that there is no reasonable possibility that the package will come within the reach of children. Veterinarians are encouraged to discuss labeling requirements with the client. Not following EPA rules can result in penalties.

Veterinarians prescribing, dispensing, repackaging, applying or using pesticide products are subject to the regulations of FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act). The agency published a notice in the November 1, 1979, issue of the Federal Register. This notice outlines how FIFRA applies to veterinarians.

For more information, read “Pesticide Repackaging: What Veterinarians Need to Know” from the July 1, 2004 issue of JAVMA.

Donning their white coats

This year’s White Coat ceremony will take place Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Each first-year veterinary student will be introduced and presented with a white lab coat with their name and the WSVMA logo embroidered on the coat. We need your help to outfit each Washington student. You can sponsor a specific student or make a general donation. If you would like to sponsor a student from your town, please contact the WSVMA office at (800) 399-7862. Download the donation form here.


July 9, 2013

Important law change for controlled substances


In addition to the resumption of the Prescription Monitoring Program, another change to controlled substance laws takes place at the end of the month. Effective July 28, 2013, all Schedule III through V controlled substances must be dispensed pursuant to a written, oral, or electronically transmitted prescription. The law states that “any oral prescription must be promptly reduced to writing.”

Senate Bill 5416 amended RCW 69.50.308 Prescriptions, and supersedes WAC 246-887-030, which allows for the dispensing of certain Schedule V drugs without a prescription. The new requirements provide an exception to practitioners who administer the drug directly to the patient.

The amended law also requires that a prescription for a Schedule III through V drug may not be filled or refilled more than six months after the date issued by the practitioner, or be refilled more than five times unless renewed by the practitioner.

For more information, contact the WA Board of Pharmacy at (360) 236-4834.

As a reminder, data collection for the Prescription Monitoring Program resumes this month with the first report due October 10, 2013. For complete information on changes to the Prescription Monitoring Program, visit the WSVMA website.

WSVMA first vice president and executive board ballots awaiting your vote

The ballot to elect the newest WSVMA First Vice President, Executive Board representatives in Regions 7, 8, and 9 and Companion Animal, Equine and Specialty positions were sent to members on July 1 in accordance with WSVMA Bylaws. Electronic ballots were sent to members with valid email addresses on file and paper ballots were mailed to the remainder of the membership.

Please make sure to vote for your Executive Board representative if you are a member from the following counties: Okanogan, Ferry, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Spokane, Stevens, Adams, Lincoln, Whitman, Pend Oreille, Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin. In addition to members who are board certified by an AVMA-recognized specialty, members who practice more than 50% equine or companion animal can vote for their practice representatives.

All members should cast their vote for First Vice President.

Ballots are due in the WSVMA office no later than midnight on July 31 and can be cast online, sent via email, faxed to (425) 396-3192 or mailed to 8024 Bracken Place SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065. If you need a paper ballot, please contact the WSVMA office. For information on all of the nominees, view their CVs and statements on the WSVMA website. Member login required.

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June 26, 2013

Prescription Monitoring Program data collection resumes July 1

Veterinarians that dispense Schedules II, III, IV, and V controlled substances in Washington State, or send such substances to an address in the state, must resume reporting to the WA PMP. Data collection resumes July 1, 2013 and covers data through September 30, 2013, with the first report due October 10, 2013. Reports can be submitted with previously established accounts through Health Information Designs (HID), Inc.

What’s New in 2013

  • Quarterly reporting (used to be weekly)
  • Reporting a greater-than-14-day supply of Schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substances (use to be more than one day supply)
  • Report fewer data fields
  • Submit report electronically or by paper (used to be only electronic)

RCW 70.225, authorized the Washington State Department of Health to establish the Washington State Prescription Monitoring Program. Pharmacies and practitioners that dispense any Schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances must report dispensing to the PMP. Mandatory reporting began on October 7, 2011.

WSVMA’s Substitute Senate Bill 6105 (2012 Legislation) was signed into law on March 29, 2012. The law required the Department of Health to work with the Veterinary Board of Governors to establish alternative data reporting requirements for veterinarians by either electronic or non-electronic methods. Final rules to implement these changes became effective June 28, 2013. The first reporting period for veterinarians under the new rule will be July 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2013. The report for this period will be due no later than Oct. 10, 2013 based on the new quarterly schedule outlined in the rule. Veterinarians are required to report the dispensing of controlled substances (Schedule II-V) and drugs identified by the board of pharmacy under WAC 246-470-020, dispensed for more than a fourteen day supply.

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June 25, 2013

Ballots going out soon to vote for 2013-14 WSVMA First Vice President and Executive Board

It’s almost time to vote for 2013-14 WSVMA First Vice President and Executive Board representatives. Emails containing a link to an electronic ballot will be sent to members on July 1 and paper ballots will be mailed to those with no email address on file.

Dr. Lisa Parshley is running for WSVMA First Vice President for 2013-14. Dr. Parshley is a 2003 graduate of Colorado State University and a veterinary oncologist who holds a PhD in Biochemistry. She’s a current member of the WSVMA Executive Board, representing Specialty Medicine, and serves on the Public Information Committee.  Dr. Parshley also is a member of the WA Dept. of Labor & Industries Hazardous Drug Committee.

WSVMA Executive Board Representatives are up for election in Regions VII, VIII, IX. Members who practice in those regions are eligible to vote for Executive Board representatives this year. Members with a mobile practice or who are not in practice, but who reside in those regions, are also eligible to vote.

The Equine, Companion Animal and Specialty Medicine positions are also up for election. Eligibility for practice type representation includes being active in a practice with more than 50% equine or small animal medicine or board certified in an AVMA-recognized specialty.

Position Qualifications Current representative whose term is ending &









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