Déjà vu all over again: Veterinary Drug Shortages

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Drug shortages have been a perennial issue for veterinarians.

The issue is again gaining interest because demands related to treating COVID-19, the disease caused by the Novel Coronavirus, is causing pressure on the supply of drugs for animal health. Here’s a blog post written in 2012 by a veterinary ophthalmologist on one of our sponsor’s websites that reviews the causes of drug shortages in veterinary medicine. It’s just as relevant and instructive today as it was when first published.

Pharmacy Groups Unite to Fight PBMs in Landmark Supreme Court Case

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Seal of the Supreme Court of the United States

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Feb. 21, 2020) - The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and the Arkansas Pharmacists Association (APA), along with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), announced today they will file an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of a case that pits pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) against neighborhood healthcare providers.

FDA extends comment period on GFI #256 to June 17, 2020.

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UPDATE: February 14, 2020

In response to requests to extend the comment period for the revised draft guidance, “Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Drug Substances,” the FDA plans to provide an additional 120 days for the public to submit comments. The initial comment period is scheduled to end on February 18, 2020, but FDA will be reopening the comment period using the same docket number. Otherwise, the submission process remains unchanged.
The new deadline to receive comments will be June 17, 2020.

Horse Racing Integrity Act has 218 House sponsors

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A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives has co-sponsored the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019 (HIA).

The legislation now exceeds 218 co-sponsors, which is a majority of the 435 voting members of the House. The bill was introduced in the House by Reps. Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Andy Barr (R-KY).