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The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act received final approval from the Senate on Wednesday, clearing the way for it to be signed into law.
The legislation will eliminate the requirement that veterinarians obtain separate registration from the federal government in order to transport controlled substances. Currently veterinarians may only use these substances within the confines of their registered veterinary practices.
The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act will amend the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970. It will lift the CSA stipulation that controlled substances must be stored and dispensed at the specific address veterinarians have on file with the Drug Enforcement Administration. The current regulations prohibit veterinary professionals from bringing potentially lifesaving medicines to equines in field since those animals must be taken to stationary facilities.
Once signed into law, veterinarians will have better flexibility to provide much-needed care to their patients when away from their offices. The bill allows a veterinarian to “transport and dispense controlled substances in the usual course of veterinary practice at a site other than such veterinarian’s principal place of business or professional practice, as long as the dispensing site is located in a state where the veterinarian is licensed to practice.”
The House bill was sponsored by Kurt Schrader, DVM, (D-Ore.) and Ted Yoho, DVM, (R-Fla.), founding members of the U.S. House Veterinary Medicine Caucus. H.R. 1528 carried an additional 185 co-sponsors.