By Dr. Andrew Jones
The Federal Government is trying to make House Calls by your veterinarian illegal. If not illegal, at least severely restrict them.
A federal law called the Controlled Substances Act or (CSA) now says that it is illegal for veterinarians to use some very common medications away from where they are ‘officially’ registered- typically a veterinary clinic.
These common medications are for things such as compassionate euthanasia, sedation, pain medication and anesthesia; they are saying that it is illegal for any veterinarian to transport and use these controlled medications.
The law is enforced by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which has now stated that unless the law is changed, veterinarians are in violation of the CSA and are unable to provide compassionate and complete veterinary care.
So now some veterinarians have stopped carrying around common medications such as Sodium Pentobarbital for home euthanasia; some rural practitioners are now resorting to guns for euthanasia.
While I was in veterinary practice, the most common reason I would perform a House Call was for a home euthanasia. It was much less stressful for the pet, the owners, and a far more pleasant way to remember the last moments of a beloved animal.
When the time comes for my pets to be euthanized, I want it to be in my home.
Clearly the Federal Government and the FDA have their priorities completely wrong; just who and what do they think they are protecting?
Should fairly addictive drugs be controlled?
Is this a reasonable and fair way to control them?
Whatever happened to common sense…
This law can be changed and it will happen in Congress.
The AVMA is petitioning Congress to make changes to this legislation which will clearly harm our animals.
You can go to: http://avmacan.avma.org/avma/issues/alert/?alertid=62592206, and enter your ZIP code to demand that congress change the current law.
Dr Andrew Jones
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