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A Veterinarian Can Lose a License Over Mishandling of Drugs

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2020 | Medical Licensing

The laws of Pennsylvania regarding controlled substances do not apply only to pharmacists and medical doctors. Veterinarians, too, must abide by these regulations or risk running into problems.

The Law Offices of Brian E. Quinn are here to help you navigate the sometimes tricky waters of defending your professional license against allegations of misappropriation of drugs. While it may appear that there is a case against you, the framing of that case and the reasoning behind your actions require a tactful defense. Discover some of the ways the wrong impression of your practice may bring an action against you.

The inventory does not match the manifest

There is a strict protocol that all veterinarians must follow to ensure the controlled drugs in their possession do not fall into the wrong hands. There are times when someone working for your practice may have mishandled the inventory. While these regulations are meant to keep the temptation to abuse these substances at a minimum, it may not always work that way. If there is a discrepancy between what you got from the supplier and what you now have, the first step may come in the form of an internal office audit.

The wrong dose can complicate matters

You did not become a vet to hurt animals; however, situations arise where mistakes may occur. Administering the improper dose of a potentially lethal drug to an animal, causing it harm or even death, may incite anger among the family. While there are regulations in place to help this from happening, human error may come into play. Before admitting to the blunder, speak with someone who can guide you through the proper course.

Losing your license would mean the end of your career, one you worked tirelessly to get. For help in this type of matter, visit the resources available on our webpage.