FDA proposed guidance document on compounding drugs — Comments are due by Aug. 17!
On May 19, the Food and Drug Administration released a draft guidance document that proposes a new enforcement policy related to the compounding of veterinary preparations using bulk ingredients. This draft document, FDA's Guidance for Industry #230, "Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Drug Substances," outlines specific conditions under which the agency generally does not intend to take action against state-licensed pharmacies, veterinarians and facilities registered as outsourcing facilities when drugs are compounded for animals from bulk drug substances.
GFI #230 will not become enforceable or official until a public comment period has closed and a final version is issued. Even then, it only represents the FDA's current thinking on this topic, which the agency will use as a baseline for determining whether to pursue enforcement action against undesirable compounding activities.
The veterinary profession and other stakeholders have 90 days to review and submit comments and questions to the FDA. All comments are due by Aug. 17.
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Baker Institute for Animal Health releases new infographic on canine influenza
Baker Institute for Animal Health
An outbreak of canine influenza in Chicago that began earlier this year has since spread to Minnesota, Georgia, Alabama, California, Texas, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and several other states.
To help answer some common questions that come out of this emerging health situation, scientists at the Baker Institute and the Animal Health Diagnostic Center have developed a helpful infographic to explain the symptoms, the timeline of infection and what concerned dog owners should do to protect their pups. Click here for printable fact sheet.
Click here for the infographic.
Flushing resident recognized for film 'New York Vet' featuring NYSVMS Member
Megumi Smiros has been recognized for her short documentary "New York Vet." Her film was chosen by the Metropolitan Film Festival of New York as Best Short Documentary June 20.
Smiros is originally from Japan, but has been a resident of Flushing since 1998. She graduated in May from Hofstra University with a Master of Fine Arts in documentary studies and production. The documentary started off as a school project, but took quite the surprising turn for the film graduate.
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Raccoon oral rabies vaccine to be used in Queens and Brooklyn to help control raccoon rabies
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Raccoon oral rabies vaccination has routinely been conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cornell and the New York State Department of Health in northern areas of the state as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties. This is done to help control rabies among raccoons. Cornell University and the USDA will be coordinating the distribution of oral rabies vaccinations for the second year in a row in parts of Brooklyn and Queens from July through October.
'Operation Wild' and 'Dr. Jeff' show 2 approaches to veterinary TV
The New York Times
Was that venerable PBS venturing into the lowbrow world of veterinary television recently? Yes, it was, and Dr. Jeff should take a lesson.
A three-part series called "Operation Wild" brings us stirring stories of veterinary teams around the globe engaged in unusual high-tech efforts to save sick or injured wild animals.
Avian flu threatens chickens, eggs
While it's not the sort of threat we would immediately associate with the phrase "homeland security," New York's preparedness teams are hatching plans for the potential arrival of an avian flu that has already wiped out more than 40 million chickens in the Midwest.
Officials have announced that this year's state fair and county celebrations wouldn't include poultry exhibits.
Veterinary, human surgeons collaborate to save cat
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
Vanilla Bean, a 1-year-old female Burmese cat from Mill Valley, California, was brought to veterinary cardiologist Kristin MacDonald, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, for respiratory distress. MacDonald diagnosed her with a rare congenital heart defect that does not allow blood to flow properly through the chambers.
New York entrepreneur wants to save the bees
CNN via KNXV-TV
America's honeybees are dying. What's at stake? Quite possibly the food on your plate. "Most people don't realize that without bees, many plants and food crops would die off," said entrepreneur Guillaume Gauthereau, who plans a first-of-its-kind "sanctuary" for millions of bees in upstate New York.
Yes, you can do ultrasonography!
VETERINARY MEDICINE via dvm360.com
Gone are the days when ultrasonography was an expensive extravagance for veterinary practices. Dr. Garret Pachtinger, a veterinary emergency and critical care specialist and chief operating officer of VetGirl, says ultrasonography is becoming much more common in everyday practice. Hear how you can find a machine for just a few hundred dollars and about a new set of protocols that makes it easy to learn how to perform an ultrasonographic examination. You don't have to be a trained radiologist!
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Dairy farms go digital with apps from University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine
As farms grow increasingly complex and more dependent on science and technology, the iconic image of an old homesteader in weather-worn overalls is being replaced by that of a digital-savvy agricultural expert wielding a tablet. Faculty, staff and students at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine are making major contributions to this evolution, particularly within the dairy industry.
Managing incidental heart murmurs
Winn Feline Foundation
Heart murmurs in small animals are often detected unexpectedly on routine physical examinations, preanesthetic evaluations and examination of patients presenting for noncardiac health problems. The finding of an incidentally detected cardiac murmur often poses a dilemma as to its clinical importance, as it may arise from a cardiovascular lesion and be considered a pathological murmur, or may be associated with a structurally normal heart (a nonpathological murmur).
AVMA not happy with Austin County, Texas, DA office
The American Veterinary Medical Association is not happy that it was mentioned in reference to an Austin County grand jury's decision not to charge the former Brenham, Texas, veterinarian who bragged about killing a cat with a bow and arrow.
The grand jury returned with a "no bill" against Kristen Lindsey.
Lindsey posted a picture on Facebook in April of her holding the cat up with an arrow through its head. That photo cost Lindsey her job in Brenham and sparked outrage from animal rights activists.
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