Why do we have to have a yearly exam on your pet to fill certain medications?

Simply put?  It’s the law.

There are certain medications that fall under the jurisdiction of the California Code of Regulations 2032.1.  Those drugs that have the label that reads: “Federal (USA) law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.”  These drugs are considered prescription drugs and must be dispensed under the supervision of our veterinarian.

Section 2032.1 of the California Code of Regulations states that, “it shall constitute unprofessional conduct for a veterinarian to administer or prescribe a drug, medicine…without having first established a veterinarian-client-patient relationship with the animal patient or patients and the client.”  The code further defines the criteria in which this relationship is maintained: “A dangerous drug or a veterinary drug shall not be prescribed for a duration which is inconsistent with the animal patient’s medical condition or type of drug prescribed which in no event shall exceed more than one year from the date that the veterinarian has examined the animal patient and prescribed such drug….”

So if the receptionist cannot fill your prescription as you had requested and given you the explanation that we haven’t seen your pet within the last year, you’ll understand it’s the law.  And it’s good medicine as well.