Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2015
Sen. Blumenthal (CT) introduced S. 1200, Fairness to Pet Owners Act, with Sens. Schumer (NY) and Lee (UT) on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The language is a mirror of last Congress's bill and it was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The AVMA is reviewing the legislative language and its Board will formalize their official position at their meeting in July.
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FTC Report on Pet Medications Industry Finds Veterinarians Face Increasing Competition from Non-Veterinary Retail Outlets
A Federal Trade Commission report on the pet medications industry noted fast growth and a changing landscape of suppliers - with veterinarians seeing increased competition from non-traditional sellers, and consumers finding more ways to buy medications for their pets. The report made recommendations for ways to make the pet medications market even more competitive.
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Drug Quality and Security Act Resources
The FDA recently released a Guidance Document on how to exchange product tracing information (Transaction History, Transaction Information and Transaction Statement) under the Federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA).
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A link to the document that was issued on December 7, 2014 can be found HERE.
DEA Approves Making Tramadol a Schedule IV Controlled Substance
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently published its decision to schedule tramadol as a Schedule IV controlled substance. The rule will become effective August 18 of this year. The DEA's action was fairly swift, having published its proposal to schedule tramadol just eight months ago. Upon conducting its eight-step analysis, the DEA found that relative to Schedule III drugs, tramadol has a low potential for abuse and limited physical dependence, and coupled with tramadol's medical legitimacy, DEA determined Schedule IV to be the most fitting for tramadol. Click here for more.
AVDA recently submitted public comments in regards to the DEA's Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking: Schedules of Controlled Substances: Placement of Tramadol Into Schedule IV.
AVDA supports DEA's proposed rule designating Tramadol as a scheduled IV controlled substance because this action will enable distributors to operate with efficiency and consistency across the states along with requiring an increased level of due diligence and monitoring. Tramad l is an important drug in veterinary medicine and is supplied to veterinarians and animal health clinics by our distributor members. Tramadol is administered to dogs, cats and many non-domestic animals as an analgesic and as a pain reliever after surgical procedures. Click here to read the full document.
Federal Labor Law Protects Employee Use of Social Media to Discuss Work Conditions
The National Labor Relations Act applies to most private-sector employers-whether or not the employees are represented by a union. The Act protects the rights of employees to communicate with each other about wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment. Click here for more.
Court Voids NLRB "Ambush Election" Rule Based on Agency's Procedural Misstep
On May 14, 2012, the federal district court for the District of Columbia struck down the NLRB "ambush election" rule because a quorum did not exist when the Board's members voted via email on the final rule. (Chamber of Commerce of the United States and Coalition for a Democratic Workplace v. National Labor Relations Board, No. 11-2262). NAW helps manage the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace. Click here for more.
EEOC Issues Revised Enforcement Guidance on Use of Criminal Records in Employment Decisions
By a 4-1 vote, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved the issuance of a revised enforcement guidance document concerning an employer's use of criminal arrest and conviction records in making hiring and other employment decisions, and whether such use may violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. While an EEOC guidance document does not have the force and effect of law and is not binding on the courts, it does indicate the agency's intentions as to enforcement of Title VII. Click here for more.