U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) introduced an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill that would permit veterinarians to transport and dispense controlled substances for their animal patients beyond their brick-and-mortar facilities. The new Senate amendment (SA 1144) is essential for the practice of veterinary medicine and should be considered as part of the comprehensive Farm Bill legislation.
SA 1144 mirrors the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (S. 950/H.R. 1528), which was introduced by Sen. Moran with Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) on May 15 as a companion to the version in the U.S. House. The legislation has the support of more than 115 organizations, including the AVMA, from around the country that understand the importance of giving veterinarians the tools they need to do their jobs.
Passage of SA 1144 is necessary because veterinarians who have ambulatory practices often cross state lines to neighboring states, but they do not always have a principal place of business in that state with which to register. DEA field offices have targeted veterinarians with ambulatory practices who register their homes as their principal places of business. DEA has made contradictory statements on whether or not there is a need for a statutory change to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Veterinarians need SA 1144 passed into law to ensure they are able to meet the needs of their animal patients.
This amendment provides a step in the right direction. Legislation like this will remove all ambiguity in how the CSA is enforced. By amending the CSA in statute, veterinarians will be able to rest easy knowing that they have the legal permission to use the medications they need to treat their animal patients in the field and will not be subject to future violations.
AVMA members are encouraged to contact their members of Congress to tell them to support this important amendment. Sign AVMA’s action alert now.