Today's Veterinary Practice

NOV-DEC 2018

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ESSENTIALS evaluating a new formulary product or item, ask yourself the following questions within the 5 areas: 1. SAFE Is the product or item category regulated (Food and Drug Administration [FDA], Environmental Protection Agency [EPA], U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA]), and does it meet these standards? Does clinical evidence from a reputable source support the product's safety for associates, patients, and clients? 2. EFFECTIVE Are the product label's claims supported by peer- reviewed literature? Was the item used in an applicable clinical setting similar to how or when you would use it? Were the desired or intended results reproduced in a validation study? 3. TIMELY Is the product or item readily available to the veterinary industry? Do alternates exist that may be a better option, since they are exclusively used in veterinary medicine? Are there backups in case of a shortage? 4. EFFICIENT How will the addition of this product or item affect your veterinary teams? Is training required, and do you have systems in place to support its successful application? 5. QUALITY Has the product or item in question been recalled recently? Do any reports indicate the manufacturer has had issues in its quality-assurance processes? KEEP YOUR FORMULARY CURRENT Set a regular yet realistic formulary review cadence that works for you and your team. Consider breaking it up by popular categories of product and services, such as dental, parasiticides, vaccines, cardiology, renal, and dermatology. Engage your whole team—from veterinarians to veterinary technicians to other paraprofessionals—and activate your resources. Work together, ask for help, assign roles and responsibilities, hold the team accountable to support patient outcomes, and create and foster a culture of safety along the way. Helpful Resources ■ U.S. National Library of Medicine for all FDA product information and labels ■ Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) ■ Drug Safety and Availability ■ Drug Recalls Philippe Boutet Dr. Boutet is responsible for leading a cross-functional team that reviews, selects and implements formulary items for Banfield's more than 1000 hospitals nationwide, and works to ensure quality in the supply chain that supports them. Dr. Boutet earned his veterinary medicine degree from Université de Montréal, Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire in Québec, Canada, and has worked in small animal practice for more than 10 years. He resides in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, two children and their boxer named Forrest. Ph 800.742.0516 Fx 866.373.0030 • 20+ years of veterinary-specific experience • Customized for individual animal needs • Quick turnaround time – shipped same or next business day

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