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LEADER FOR VETERINARY
PRACTICE AND BUSINESS
Ins and outs of
CSU vets refine art
of artificial tissue
Many experts are unflagging proponents of long-term nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to control arthri- tis pain, and for them the reasons are as plain as the
limp in an arthritic dog’s leg.
Arthritis pain is a big barrier to wellness in the eyes of
Adog owner walks out of a veterinary clinic with a prescrip- tion in hand, drives to her neighborhood pharmacy to get her sick terrier’s order filled and leaves with a few generic
and brand-name animal drugs.
Such a scenario is uncommon today, but the Federal Trade
Commission, in a report issued in late May, found that the pet
medications market could be more competitive—and better for
consumers—if portable prescriptions were the norm, human
pharmacies had greater access to veterinary drugs and
more generics were available.
The staff report, titled “Competition in the Pet Medications Market,” was the culmination of a three-year review
that included industry and public input gathered at a 2012
workshop and from more than 700 written comments.
The FTC acknowledged that the U.S. pet pharmaceutical market—forecast to hit $10.2 billion in sales by 2018—is
in flux and has changed dramatically from the days when
veterinarians dispensed virtually all prescription drugs.
According to the latest estimates, practitioners sell
58 percent of prescription and over-the-counter medications, brick-and-mortar pharmacies and retailers rake
in 28 percent, and the growing Internet and mail-order
FTC says pet drug market
could be more competitive
By Ken Niedziela
Veterinary Practice News
FTC, Page 41
Volume 27/Number 7 July 2015 www.VeterinaryPracticeNews.com
Veterinarians sent to Nepal sometimes
had to travel by motorbike with their
gear in backpacks because roads were
destroyed and difficult for car transport.
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PHOTOS BY THOMAS KELLY/WORLD VETS
World Vets responds to
deadly Nepal earthquake.
By Elisa Jordan
For Veterinary Practice News
Before a magnitude 7. 8 earthquake in Nepal killed more than 8,800
people and injured 23,000 in
April, World Vets was ready.
“A few months [earlier], we
were in communication with
a local animal welfare group
in Nepal making disaster pre-
paredness plans,” said Cathy
King, DVM, Ph.D., founder of
World Vets, based in Fargo, N.D.
“It was predicted that a major earthquake would hit Nepal
in the next 10 to 20 years, and
we wanted to be ready. We had
a plan in place to assist them if
an earthquake happened, and
Nepal, Page 22 NSAIDs, Page 26
Benefits of long-term NSAIDs
By Don Jergler, For Veterinary Practice News
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