Pharmacy Issues

Did you know?
According to the Colorado Board of Pharmacy, it is technically allowable to borrow and replace a non-controlled prescription medication from another veterinary practice – but it is illegal to sell that same medication to another veterinary practice.

Did you know?
According to the Colorado Board of Pharmacy, unless you have a wholesale pharmacy license, you may not fill a prescription for a patient from another clinic.

The AVMA has compiled a list of the most common questions about veterinary prescriptions and pharmacies and have provided answers, geared toward veterinarians

CVMA Task Force on Pharmacy Issues Preliminary Report – January 2005

Tax Audit Surprise
Home Rule Cities Beware – Important Sales and Use Tax Information that Catches Even CPAs Off Guard – Article by Dr. Susan Patton-Weller from the Fall 2004 CVMA Voice newsletter featuring information on prescription drug tax code, sales tax code, and use tax code.

AVMA Position on Compounding Drugs

Colorado State Board of Pharmacy
For the state of Colorado’s veterinary practice act, pharmacy act, and related regulations contact the State Board of Veterinary Medicine and the Colorado State Board of Pharmacy at 303.894.7755, e-mail to

The Importance of Understanding what is Required of You when Administering, Distributing, Dispensing, or Prescribing Prescription Drugs
Resource from the State Board of Veterinary Medicine that provides guidance and clarity to those interested in better understanding their roles and responsibilities in navigating the area of prescription drugs.

AVMA FAQs on Prescriptions and Pharmacies

The AVMA offers a set of FAQs for pet owners and veterinarians with answers to a number of frequently asked questions about veterinary prescriptions and pharmacies, including Internet pharmacies. The FAQ for pet owners covers subjects such as the necessity of prescriptions, differences between brand-name and generic drugs, and restrictions on the sale of some flea and tick products. The document offers reasons for pet owners to consider buying prescription drugs from a veterinary clinic rather than a pharmacy. The FAQ also discusses methods for determining whether an Internet pharmacy is reputable.

The documents for pet owners and veterinarians both address the need for a veterinarian-client-patient relationship before a veterinarian can write a prescription. The FAQs note the AVMA recommendation that veterinarians comply with client requests for prescriptions to fill elsewhere.

Pharmacy complaint form for veterinarians

The AVMA developed this pharmacy complaint form to facilitate the reporting of complaints in response to veterinarians’ concerns with some pharmacies whose practices appear to be contrary to FDA and other regulations and inconsistent with best patient care.


Heed These 10 Warnings to Protect Your Patients from Pharmacists’ Errors 

(November 2015) Congress may soon mandate that we hand over a prescription for veterinary drugs we’ve traditionally dispensed. Note these critical differences between human and veterinary practices. Read this article from DVM360.

Resources for Your Clients
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers helpful information and tips for your clients on their website:

CVMA Position Statement on HR- 1406
To read the letter sent to the FTC for comment during the Pet Medications Workshop, Project #P12-1201 on September 14, 2012, click here.