More than 210 organizations forwarded a letter to Congress urging the passage of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1528), which is being championed by Rep. Kurt Schrader (Ore.). The legislation amends the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to allow veterinarians to transport, administer and dispense controlled substances outside of their registered locations. The American Sheep Industry Association signed on to this letter.
The Drug Enforcement Administration's interpretation of provisions within the CSA and resulting federal regulations make it illegal for veterinary registrants to transport controlled substances for use outside of their registered locations. The DEA has informed organized veterinary medical associations that transporting controlled substances is illegal per the CSA.
By passing the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, Congress will ensure that veterinarians are able to provide proper care for their patients. The ability to be mobile is imperative for veterinarians to meet the health and welfare needs of the animals that they treat as well as to safeguard public safety and the nation's food supply.
The bill was introduced on April 12 and referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee as well as the Judiciary Committee.