Virginia has updated their regulations in regards to controlled medication and opioid prescriptions. If your pet is taking one of the following medications: Tramadol, Lomotil or Buprenex, please note the following changes in procedure.
- Patients who are prescribed a controlled drug will require an exam every 6 months.
- For acute pain (post-surgical or trauma) prescription cannot exceed 7 days. Additional medication can be prescribed but only after a follow-up examination.
- For chronic conditions opioids may be prescribed beyond 14 days (excluding Buprenex) but cannot exceed a 30 day supply and the patient must be re-examined every 6 months. Buprenex can only be prescribed for up to 7 days without a follow-up examination.
- Proper disposal of controlled drugs: Improper disposal of prescribed opioids and other medications is harmful to humans and animals. To learn more about safe disposal of medications, visit http://www.VaAware.com.
- We recommend controlled drugs be stored securely in a locked cabinet or container to help avoid accidental exposure or unauthorized use.
Are you noticing pain in your senior pup for the first time? Schedule an appointment with us today to discuss ways to help your dog age gracefully and comfortably. Did you know that the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends vet visits every 6 months for your senior pet? Some medications that help your dog with pain and joint issues occasionally need to be adjusted and recheck appointments are important to ensure your dog is still benefiting from treatment.
We thank you for your understanding as we uphold these new Virginia laws. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
The Team at Ashburn Vet