Last month, thanks to legislative work spearheaded by the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, lawmakers amended the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (SB 1665) to exempt veterinarians from the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), effective immediately.
Here are some of the highlights:
- Veterinarians are exempt from registering for the PMP.
- Veterinarians are now prohibited from accessing patient information in the PMP.
- Veterinarians who previously registered for the PMP will be removed from the database.
- Veterinarians should report to law enforcement any person that they suspect of fraudulently obtaining any controlled substance or a prescription for a controlled substance.
Legislation passed in August 2018 (SB 2777) requires all controlled substance providers, including veterinarians, to obtain 3 hours of continuing education on safe opioid prescribing. Here are some highlights:
- All veterinarians must obtain 3 hours of Safe Opioid Prescribing CE by January 2021.
- These 3 hours can be counted toward the total CE hours required for license renewal.
In addition, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation now requires veterinarians to complete 1 hour of continuing education on sexual harassment prevention. This hour counts towards the total CE hours required for license renewal.
By Ashley Mitek, DVM, MS, DACVAA