Veterinary Practice

Many veterinary practices would fail a federal or state controlled-substance regulatory audit or security inspection if it were held today. Are you willing to take that risk?

Veterinary practitioners often think, “We’ve always done things this way.” Or, “It can’t happen to me.” Neither is the best risk-mitigation strategy.

Today’s DEA rules and regulations are so complex, business owners and practitioners struggle to understand what they should be doing. Plus, the opioid crisis has resulted in more federal and state resources being put toward preventing drug diversion. And, the pressure is on investigators to step up controlled-substance compliance programs and conduct even tougher oversight.

In one case involving a veterinarian,
a dog owner tried to obtain hydrocodone
to maintain his addiction. He even
trained his dog to cough on cue.

Source: Pharmacy Times, 7/31/17

Vets treating large animals
or working at horse tracks can
be prime targets for individuals
seeking to abuse anabolic steroids.

Source: Pharmacy Times, 7/31/17

“We engaged TITAN for a gap analysis,
which was a very easy process. They
identified our strengths and weaknesses
and we decided to go ahead with a full audit.
Now if the DEA comes knocking,
we’ll be 100% compliant.”

Sabrena L. Hartley, CVT
President/ Owner
Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center

Hefty civil fines are being levied against non-compliant individuals and businesses across the healthcare industry, including veterinary practices. Inspections conducted by the DEA and state agencies are typically unannounced, and the current federal fine per infraction is $14,502. But, it’s not uncommon for fines to exceed $1 million.

Most common violations
cited by the DEA:

Registration
issues

Most common violations
cited by the DEA:

Lack of
physical security

Most common violations
cited by the DEA:

Poor
record-keeping

Most common violations
cited by the DEA:

Failure to
prevent diversion

It can happen to you.

Whether it’s a trusted employee, long-time client or even a relative, veterinary practices are at risk for drug diversion. It’s imperative that you be prepared. Now is the time to investigate, identify, correct and strengthen your veterinary practice against the most common vulnerabilities you face today. Keeping up with changing standards, best practices, new requirements and growing threats are the most effective ways to protect your business. But failing to adapt to these new realities may not only cost you financially, it can also cause irreparable harm to your personal and professional reputation.

Don’t worry. We can help.

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