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Wisconsin Assembly to consider exempting veterinarians from drug database


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to decide Tuesday whether veterinarians should be exempt from a state law to report prescriptions to a statewide database.

Under a law passed in 2009, all 1,200 drug dispensers in the Badger State must report their transactions – so it’s easier for law enforcement to track painkillers like Oxycontin which are often stolen and abused by others.

The state’s Veterinary Medical Association tried but failed in the last session to get an exemption from the reporting mandate. They say that very few people try to abuse drugs which are meant for animals – and the reporting would be expensive, because many vets don’t keep records electronically like most pharmacies do.

Drug dispensers have been required since January 1st to collect the prescription data – but the state’s not ready to accept it yet. It was recently reported that the state’s still negotiating details with an Alabama firm that will provide the database – and the deal is expected to be finalized soon.