Seminars 2019


Navigating the Muddy Waters of Pharmacy: Improving Communication & Reducing Error

Oct 25, 2019
Clinical Theater 3

Veterinarians in private practice face many challenges when it comes to pet medications as the market rapidly expands beyond the clinic. Since the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association’s 2012 survey on prescription errors, the awareness of serious medication errors has increased in both the veterinary and pharmacy communities, but there is still work to be done on both sides to improve communication.

Join a practicing private practice veterinarian and licensed pharmacist as we discuss the current state of pharmacy issues. We will review common sources of errors in veterinary prescriptions including unclear prescriptions, dispensing of the incorrect medication, and recommending incorrect dosage changes. Suggestions for preventing these errors and techniques for building a successful working relationship with local pharmacists will be a focus of this lecture. Additionally, we will discuss new challenges facing veterinarians when dealing with online pharmacies and potential for counterfeit medication.

  • - Review the current market for veterinary prescriptions and the role of the veterinarian and pharmacist in prescribing and filing prescription medications for veterinary patients.
  • - Use clinical examples to identify common problems with veterinary prescriptions and offer solutions to improve outcomes.
  • - Summarize existing resources for preventing and reporting prescription errors.
  • - Discuss online pharmacies and precautions veterinarians can take to educate their clients and protect their patients
Kate Boatright, , Associate Veterinarian - Butler Veterinary Associates and Emergency Center
Lauren Forsythe, , Veterinary Pharmacy Coordinator - College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign