Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act Awaits President's Signature
The unanimous passage in both the House and Senate of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Bill demonstrates that common sense can prevail. The bill now awaits the President’s signature to become law. Why the need for such a law? Well, beginning
in 2012, large animal and equine veterinarians who identified their residential address as their principal place of business began receiving notices from the Drug Enforcement Agency that they were in violation of the Controlled Substances Act.
For more than 40 years, the DEA had recognized the unique circumstances surrounding the veterinary profession and provided them with the flexibility they needed to treat their animal patients in the field.
One of the co-sponsors of the House version of this bill that passed two weeks ago, Congressman Kurt Schrader of Oregon shared the reason behind the need for this bill.
Schrader: “DEA in its exuberance unfortunately was unwilling to grant a waver — a common sense waver administratively — and forced Congressman Yoho and myself to go to a statutory change — lots of tax payer money, lots of time by the committees. But it is unfortunately necessary but the good news for America is that common sense does prevails lots of times in this great Congress. The DEA Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act allowing veterinarians simply to do what they have done before which is carry controlled substances safely to treat and dispense to protect their patients in the field.”