Drug diversion regulations and compliance

Veterinary practices must comply with controlled substance regulations in order to ensure the safety of both clients and team members. But understanding how to put regulations into place isn’t always easy from a practical standpoint. Discover the basic regulations all veterinary professionals should know about, and learn useful ideas for establishing compliance within different types of practices.

Learning objectives: 

  • Devise a legally compliant process for controlled substance recordkeeping.
  • Explain what a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) is and identify potential pitfalls of the system.
  • Write a practice-specific controlled substance policy.

Since 2019, Dr. Lauren Forsythe has been a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy, and head of pharmacy service at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  She graduated from the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy in 2015 and completed her veterinary pharmacy residency at Purdue’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She then spent three years as a clinical pharmacist at UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She is a diplomate of the International College of Veterinary Pharmacists.