18 Oct New Required Form For License Renewal On Dispensing Drugs
The State Board of Veterinary Medicine has created an additional page in its license application/renewal process that allows veterinarians to “opt in” for dispensing drugs, and to provide your name, address, veterinary license number and DEA license number.
Did you know that if you intend to dispense medication you have to notify the State Board of Pharmacy? You do now, and yes it’s true (you skeptics can look it up in OCGA 26-4-130).
Official Form- Notice-of-Intent-to-Dispense-Drugs
The Official Code of Georgia (OCGA) has hundreds of pages of laws and when you add in the rules (regulations) created by the licensing boards for each profession there are literally thousands of pages of legalese to parse through when trying to navigate our world as medical professionals and citizens of Georgia. There is so much code, in fact, that sometimes you are bound to find something obscure, little known, or little used. The law that practitioners that intend to dispense medication must notify the State Board of Pharmacy during license application/renewal falls under the little known category.
We did a very unscientific poll of Georgia veterinarians and found that 100 percent were not aware of this law. In fact, 100 percent of the members of the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine were not aware, though in fairness to them this law is in the Pharmacy Act and not the Veterinary Practice Act, and the Pharmacy Board has not enforced it for veterinarians. But they can, and in an era of drug diversion and opioid epidemics the Pharmacy Board has increased regulation and enforcement to save lives, and we don’t want veterinarians to be the unwitting victims.
The State Board of Veterinary Medicine has created an additional page in its license application/renewal process that allows veterinarians to “opt in” for dispensing drugs, and to provide your name, address, veterinary license number and DEA license number. Take note of that last obligation, because if your practice is one that uses one practitioner’s DEA license to order drugs for the practice (which is ill advised) then you are now accountable to the DEA as well as the State Board of Pharmacy.
While we’re on the subject of “did you know,” were you aware that the GVMA has a presence at the meetings of the state boards of veterinary medicine and pharmacy? We do this to stay abreast of changes and to advocate for all veterinarians in the state. This, and other forms of advocacy, may be the least known GVMA member benefit!