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Controlled Substance Update

In response to the current human opioid abuse crisis, the State of Virginia has passed a set of emergency regulations regarding the way veterinarians may legally prescribe controlled medications containing opioids to our patients. These laws have added some new requirements that we wanted to make you aware of:

1. Patients prescribed a controlled drug that contains an opioid *for an acute (new) problem or concern* will only be given at *maximum a 7 day supply*. If the patient requires more than 7 days worth of pain control, there must be a recheck exam with a doctor to assess the need for the medication before a refill can be authorized.

2. Patients prescribed a controlled drug that contains an opioid* for a chronic (long term) condition must be examined by a veterinarian every 6 months*. We recommend the patient be seen earlier than 6 months to allow for continued coverage. We will not be able to offer any waivers or dispense any controlled medications until the above requirements are met. Commonly dispensed medications that are affected by these regulations are: Tramadol, Torbutrol/Butorphanol, and Buprenorphine.

Some helpful resources regarding these new regulations can be found at VaAware and the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine website.

Our goal is to keep you informed with current events and work with you to bring comfort and healing to our patients. If you have any questions about these changes and how they affect you pet, please don't hesitate to call the hospital!

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