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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Veterinary Medicine
Regulations Governing the Practice of Veterinary Medicine [18 VAC 150 ‑ 20]
Action Prescribing of opioids
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 2/9/2018
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12/30/17  11:21 am
Commenter: Megan Kees

ER perspective

Thank you for seeking public comment on this regulation. I'm an emergency veterinarian in NoVA and wanted to say that I appreciate extending prescriptions from 7 days to 14 days as I feel this helps post-op patients who may need pain medication for a bit longer. I'm not often involved in chronic pain management or hospice care, as I tend to refer owners back to their primary care veterinarians for that, but I do appreciate the provision allowing for chronic administration of these medications not just for chronic pain, but for conditions requiring cough suppression. I feel that these regulations are very reasonable in stipulating for rechecks and monitoring to document continued need for opioid based medications.