|Prescription Drug Reform Act in Relation to Veterinarians|
1. The Prescription Drug Reform Act signed into law in 2012 contained five parts:
A. I-STOP (Internet System to Track Over-Prescribing) – Requires practitioners and pharmacists to report any dispensing of controlled substances in "real time”; requires practitioners to consult the registry prior to prescribing or dispensing and Schedule II – IV Controlled Substances. Veterinarians are exempted from these requirements of the law.
B. Electronic Prescribing – Provides for Department of Health to enact regulations providing for electronic prescribing of controlled substances (proposed regulations were published in the Jan. 16, 2013, State Register); currently prescriptions for controlled substances may not be issues electronically. As of Feb. 31, 2014, electronic prescribing will be mandatory for all practitioners - Veterinarians are exempted from the mandatory electronic prescribing provisions of the law.
C. Changes in Controlled Substance Schedules – This is the section that made Tramadol a Schedule IV controlled substance (Tramadol was not previously a controlled substance) and changed hydrocodone from a Schedule III controlled substance to a Schedule II controlled substance, effective Feb. 23, 2013. Other changes in schedules for controlled substances went into effect on Nov. 25, 2012.
D. Prescription Pain Medication Awareness Program – Provides for the formation of a workgroup of practitioners, pharmacists, consumer advocates, addiction treatment providers, law enforcement agencies and NYSDOH to study and issue additional recommendations for pain management and the use of controlled substances; specifically tasked with issuing recommendations for continuing education for practitioners.
E. Safe Disposal Program – Provides for local police departments to establish safe disposal sites to be used by consumers (not by practitioners) with unused controlled substances.
2. Recommendations for veterinarians now required to comply with controlled substance regulations when administering and dispensing Tramadol:
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