Richmond, Va. — The Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine finalized new drug destruction procedures for veterinarians. The new regulations
took effect Dec. 22.
The amended procedures will bring the state into compliance with current U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) policies
and rules regarding drug destruction.
The amendments delete the requirement that Schedule II through V drugs be destroyed by following the instructions contained
in the drug destruction packet available from the veterinary medical board office, which provides the latest DEA-approved
drug destruction guidelines. The amendments specify that the drugs can be destroyed by: (i) transferring the drugs to another
entity authorized to possess or provide for proper disposal of such drugs; or (ii) destroying the drugs by burning in an incinerator
that is in compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations. Regulations further provide that if Schedule
II through V drugs are to be destroyed, a DEA drug destruction form shall be fully completed and used as the record of all
drugs to be destroyed. A copy of the destruction form shall be retained at the veterinarian practice site with other inventory
The veterinary board says the new regulation better protects the public through the destruction of unused and expired prescription
drugs in a timely manner.
Additionally, the board updated its rules on drug storage and dispensing, requiring that all repackaged tablets and capsules
dispensed for companion animals be in approved safety closure containers.
All Schedule II through V drugs must be kept locked at all times, with access by the veterinarian or veterinary technician
only. Whenever a veterinarian discovers a theft or any unusual loss of Schedule II, III, IV or V drugs, it must be immediately
reported to the Board of Veterinary Medicine and to the DEA.