New Online Ads Highlight the Need for Veterinarians to Carry Controlled Substances

AVMA is running a series of digital advertisements on the National Journal’s website April 22-28 urging Congress to support the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1528).

The legislation, introduced by veterinarians and U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) on April 12, aims to correct a restriction in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which prevents veterinarians from transporting and using controlled substances outside of the locations where they are registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Without a legislative fix to the CSA, veterinarians will be unable to legally bring the medications they need for pain management, anesthesia or euthanasia to care for their animal patients in various settings.

The four digital ads will appear on National Journal’s website under the “Politics” tab. Two ads, a banner ad and a side banner ad (shown at the bottom of this blog post), feature images of four animals that may need treatment from a veterinarian away from a veterinary clinic with the caption:

“Veterinarians need to treat animals in a variety of settings.
So why is the Drug Enforcement Administration telling them they can’t?
The nation’s animals need your help.
Give veterinarians the ability to provide complete care for their animal patients.
Tell Congress to pass the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act TODAY!”

The other two digital ads feature messages about the importance of giving veterinarians the tools they need to protect public safety and properly care for the nation’s livestock.

In light of the DEA’s recent notifications to veterinarians in California and Washington state informing them that they are in violation of the law, AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division (GRD) has been actively engaged in meetings with the DEA, Capitol Hill staff and other key stakeholders to develop legislation to fix the CSA.

Last week, AVMA’s GRD published an infographic on the website that illustrates examples where a veterinarian would need to transport controlled substances for the health and welfare of their animal patients or to protect public safety. The graphic is fully downloadable and embeddable on external websites, giving Web visitors and AVMA members the opportunity to share it with others who support this important legislation for veterinary medicine.

AVMA members are also encouraged to let their elected officials know that they should support the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 by signing an action alert on the website.

Stay informed about federal legislation that will impact veterinary medicine by signing up for the AVMA Congressional Action Network’s action e-list.

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