By: Dr. Lori Thompson, task force chair
The AVMA Task Force on Veterinary Compounding Legislation held its first official meeting at the association’s Governmental Relations Division in Washington, D.C., on August 4-5.
The task force is charged with the development of a legislative proposal in accordance with AVMA’s policies on compounding. It is comprised of eight members who represent a wide range and depth of experience in academia, clinical pharmacology, feline medicine, food animal medicine, small animal and exotic practice, equine medicine, zoo animal and wildlife medicine, and lab animal medicine.
Over the course of the two-day meeting, task force members reviewed AVMA’s current compounding policies and learned more about the history of how changes to current legislation may or may not impact the practice of compounding for veterinary medicine. Representatives from the Animal Health Institute and the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists introduced the group to their current work on this topic on the first day. The following day, task force members met with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Capitol Hill. These meetings laid the backdrop for several months of work ahead.
Stay tuned for updates over the next several months as task force members work to represent the needs of AVMA members with regard to this very important issue.