RCVS answers questions on medicine pitfalls
FAQs bid to clear up confusion for members
The RCVS has published a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help guide members through some of the most common veterinary medicine pitfalls.
The list includes questions around controlled drugs, including their storage, destruction and prescription, supplying medicines under the cascade, and prescriptions in general including topics such as what written information to provide, broach dates, and repeat prescriptions.
Head of Standards Lisa Price , said: “Queries about veterinary medicines are some of the most frequent questions that our Standards & Advice Team deal with and we recognise that this is quite a complex and potentially confusing area of practice, with information being contained in a variety of places including the RCVS Codes of Professional Conduct, the Veterinary Medicines Regulations and the Practice Standards Guidance.
“We felt it would be helpful to try and draw much of this information into one place and provide answers to questions applicable to common scenarios that veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses encounter within everyday practice.
Topics covered include:
- Can I advise that a client use over the counter human medicines for their animal?
- How long are written prescriptions valid for?
- How many different medications can you put on one prescription?
- How do I properly dispose of controlled drugs?
- Who is an independent witness?*
Lisa added: “The 17 questions and answers have all been approved by the RCVS Standards Committee and we hope members of the professions find them useful. We are also open to feedback and suggestions for further questions to be added to the FAQs and you can contact us on email@example.com if you have any.”
The full FAQs are available on the website. The RCVS Code of Professional Conduct’s chapter of supporting guidance on veterinary medicines is also available