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North Carolina law will require veterinarians to report gabapentin use

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As part of Governor Roy Cooper’s North Carolina Opioid Action Plan, a new law will require the state’s veterinarians to report the use of gabapentin even though it is not a controlled substance. HB 190 goes into effect March 1, 2024, for pharmacies and March 1, 2025, for veterinarians.

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Supreme Court upholds California sow housing law

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Supreme Court justices upheld the California ballot initiative Proposition 12 as constitutional, and that the state could establish its own rules on meat sold in the state, even if that means that products produced outside of the state must comply with the law. Full implementation begins at the beginning of next year.

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AVMA members press Congress for illicit xylazine, dog importation laws

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Nearly 120 veterinarians and veterinary students attended the 2023 AVMA annual legislative fly-in, held April 17-19 in Washington, D.C.

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New law clarifies alternatives to animal testing for safety, efficacy of drugs

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The recently passed FDA Modernization Act 2.0 authorizes the use of certain alternatives to animal testing, including cell-based assays and computer models, to obtain an exemption from the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the safety and effectiveness of a drug.

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FDA warns manufacturers, distributors of unapproved antimicrobials for animals

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 14 announced it has issued nine warning letters to manufacturers and distributors of unapproved and misbranded medically important antimicrobial animal drugs for violating federal law.

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New Arkansas vet tech legislation poses risks to veterinary patients, clients, and practices

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The Arkansas state legislature recently adopted a law that will expand veterinary technician specialists’ (VTS) scope of practice. Another bill still under consideration would dilute the educational background required for veterinary technicians to qualify for licensure.

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It’s never too early to plan for closing your practice

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Closing a veterinary practice is a complex process regulated by state law and moral obligations that owners should familiarize themselves with sooner rather than later.

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