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BNE doesn't grant veterinary exemption from daily reporting
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On March 1, 2013, the NYSVMS reported to you that, under the I-STOP provisions of the 2012 Prescription Drug Reform Act, we secured exemptions for veterinarians having to consult the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) registry before prescribing a controlled substance. We also advised you that NYSVMS secured an exemption for veterinarians from the mandatory electronic prescribing of controlled substances. In addition, the I-STOP law did not include veterinarians in the provisions requiring that controlled substances be reported to the NYS Department of Health on a daily basis.
Last week we were first informed that the NYSDOH Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, with support from the New York State Attorney General’s office, was not including any exemptions for dispensing practitioners in the regulations on recording dispensed controlled substances on a daily basis. The Attorney General holds a hard line on drug abuse in New York State in an effort to address a growing problem within the state. In this regard, the BNE has finalized regulations that now do not exempt veterinarians from recording their dispensed controlled substances on a daily basis.
The NYSVMS continues to maintain, in its most vehement and aggressive manner, that this regulatory change exposes pets in New York State to unnecessary suffering, is an unnecessary drain on veterinarian’s resources, and increases the regulatory burden placed on small businesses in rural areas where access to 24-hour pharmacy services is unavailable.
The NYSVMS agrees that curbing drug abuse and "doctor-shopping” in New York State is a top priority. But we believe the implementation of these regulations is not going to achieve the goals that everyone shares in curbing the abuse of controlled substances.
The NYSVMS will make this our single top priority. Our legislative and legal teams continue to work around the clock, talking with all NYS agencies involved in this issue. We are now reaching out to our colleagues in the medical and dental professions to explore opportunities to work collaboratively. We need to hear from our members about the challenges this new regulation will place on their ability to provide proper medical care to animals in New York State.
The NYSVMS is asking members to send letters and emails to Terence O’Leary, director of the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, and voice your concerns about the adverse effect this regulation will place on your clients, your patients and your practice. Letters can be faxed to (518) 402-0709, or emailed to We are also asking you to contact your local legislators to discuss the burden that this regulation (10 NYCRR Part 80.71.e) places on veterinary practices.
In an effort to support our members who need immediate guidance about how to comply with this new regulation, the NYSVMS is preparing an informational instruction sheet that clearly explains how to comply. This guidance will be sent to members later today and will also be available on our website.
The NYSVMS continues to advocate on your behalf, and we will not stop until we can achieve new legislation and regulations that grants us the exemption we were awarded earlier this year. But in the meantime, we are also committed to providing all the guidance and instruction you need to comply with this new regulatory change. We stand behind you and will put your dues dollars to work. We again welcome you to send your comments to so that we can respond as needed.

Controlled Substances

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
General Questions on I-Stop Provisions Link Administration 8/27/2013
Obtaining a HCS account for unlicensed staff PDF (1003.02 KB) Administration 8/27/2013
How to apply for a HCS account PDF (909.44 KB) Administration 8/27/2013
NYSVMS provides additional information on BNE dail Link Administration 8/27/2013
BNE doesn't grant veterinary exemption  Link Administration 8/26/2013
Update on PPA Link Administration 8/23/2013
Disposal and Destruction of Controlled Substances Link Administration 8/21/2013
DOH Guide to Online CSI Program Link Administration 8/21/2013
Changes to CS Schedule - February 2013 - Tramadol Link Administration 8/21/2013


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Map of Hall of Vet Health PDF (1.75 MB) Administration 14 hours ago
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NYSVMS Awards List PDF (398.45 KB) Administration 10/7/2016
NYSVMS Anti-Trust Statement PDF (153.88 KB) Administration 9/19/2016
NYSVMS Position Paper Out of State Specialists PDF (38.7 KB) Administration 9/19/2016
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HVH Flyer PDF (1.63 MB) Administration 7/12/2016
HVH Schedule PDF (374.71 KB) Administration 7/11/2016
HVH Certificate PDF (187.47 KB) Administration 7/11/2016
NYSVMS Website Privacy Policy PDF (116.39 KB) Administration 6/30/2016
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NYSVMS Policy on Microchipping PDF (38.04 KB) Administration 7/7/2015
How to Fight Cyberbullying PDF (1.99 MB) Administration 4/29/2015
Declaw Legislation Position Paper PDF (204.48 KB) Administration 4/20/2015
2015 NYSVMS Legislative Agenda PDF (1.1 MB) Administration 3/27/2015
2015 JPG (318.09 KB) Administration 12/9/2014
NYSVMS Statement on AVMA Resolution 1 PDF (109.47 KB) Administration 7/18/2014
Take the LEAP! Join NYSVMS Link Administration 8/21/2013
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Contains Knowledge Center articles related to pharmacy, pet medications, compounding, controlled substances and other topics related to drugs.
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Online Pharmacies PDF (59.44 KB) Administration 10/7/2016
Partnering Online Pharmacies PDF (50.21 KB) Administration 10/7/2016
Electronic Prescriptions PDF (177.27 KB) Administration 3/31/2015
Can unlicensed staff prepare/dispense prescription Link Administration 12/12/2014
Official NYS prescription pad Link Administration 4/22/2014
Online Pharmacy Q&A PDF (46.9 KB) Administration 4/17/2014
Prescription Drug Reform Act (I-STOP) Link Administration 8/21/2013
Prescription Drug FAQ Link Administration 8/21/2013
Federal and State Regulations on Compounding Link Administration 8/21/2013
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