Seven-Day Opioid Prescribing Law

January 21, 2018

Lisa Penny, RPh, FSVHP, director of pharmacy at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, says many veterinarians may not be aware of the new seven-day opioid prescribing law, which affects the way they treat patients.

Lisa Penny, RPh, FSVHP, director of pharmacy at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, says many veterinarians may not be aware of the new seven-day opioid prescribing law, which affects the way they treat patients.

This law says the first time a veterinarian sees a patient for an acute injury, they can only prescribe up to seven days of opioid medication. Veterinarians may also be unaware of their state-specific recordkeeping requirements, which aren't taught very well in veterinary school.