WHO CAN LAWFULLY DISPENSE HEARTGARD AND TO WHOM?
By Michael Tomino, LBVM General Counsel As General Counsel for the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine (the “Board”), I have been asked to prepare an article for this edition of the newsletter which addresses dispensing legend drugs. More particularly, my article intends to address those individuals who can lawfully dispense legend drugs and what are the legal requirements to do so. In providing a legal analysis, it is first necessary to establish the facts and, thereafter, apply the law. For purposes of discussion, we will use the factual scenario where a licensed veterinarian has opened a pet shop and wishes to dispense legend drugs from the store. The Veterinary Practice Act, more particularly, LSA R.S. 37:1513, provides definitions which are used in the law and defines in Subsection (4) “the practice of veterinary medicine” to include “the prescription or administration of any drug, medicine, biological apparatus, application, anesthetic, or other therapeutic or diagnostic subst