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DELAWARE SB 147 ACTION ALERT

Postby Kris L. Christine » Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:09 pm

DELAWARE Senator Karen E. Peterson has filed SB 147 http://legis.delaware.gov/lis/lis146.ns ... ion/SB+147 "This Bill creates a disciplinary action if a veterinarian gives vaccines in excess of the recommended dosages and/or frequencies." The bill has been assigned to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

What You Can Do to Help:

Contact Senate Agriculture Committee Chair George Bunting George.Bunting@state.de.us (302) 744-4286
& the members below and ask them to vote that SB 147 "OUGHT TO PASS."

Chair George Bunting George.Bunting@state.de.us (302) 744-4286
Joseph W. Booth Joseph.Booth@state.de.us (302) 744-4117
Bruce C. Ennis bruce.ennis@state.de.us (302) 744-4310
F. Gary Simpson gsimpson@udel.edu (302) 744-4134
Robert L. Venables Robert.Venables@state.de.us (302) 744-4298


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Re: DELAWARE SB 147 ACTION ALERT

Postby Kris L. Christine » Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:19 am

States Consider Controlling Rabies Vaccination Intervals, by Edie Lau The Veterinary Information Network News Service 8/12/11 http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=19501 "Concerns in Delaware and Minnesota about over-vaccination center around the practice by some small-animal veterinarians of administering every one or two years rabies vaccines that have been proven to be effective for three years."
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Re: DELAWARE SB 147 ACTION ALERT

Postby Kris L. Christine » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:07 am

DELAWARE Rabies Bill SB 236 passed 6/30/12 http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/LIS146.ns ... endocument with insertion of underlined language in the bill text below to prevent veterinarians from issuing 1 or 2 year rabies certificates when a 3 year vaccine is administered.

Text: http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis146.ns ... .html?open "The veterinarian administering the vaccine shall complete the certificate specifying accurately the manufacturer’s specifications of the duration of immunity of the rabies vaccination used ...."
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Re: DELAWARE SB 147 ACTION ALERT

Postby Kris L. Christine » Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:53 pm

Rabies 'over-vaccination' targeted in Delaware by Marc Selinger, The Examiner 7/2/12 http://www.examiner.com/article/rabies- ... d-delaware

"Sen. Karen Peterson, the measure’s main sponsor. “It is needed because some veterinarians tell their clients that rabies shots must be administered annually when, in fact, they are using three-year vaccines. This practice can and has resulted in the deaths of dogs who were over-vaccinated.”
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Re: DELAWARE SB 147 ACTION ALERT

Postby ryanr » Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:06 pm

I don't see any good in voting to empower government to meddle in veterinary healthcare. They screw up everything else they meddle in without knowledge why add to the list? I think veterinary health decisions are best left between pet owners and their vets. Seriously, why would a veterinarian knowingly use a 3-year vaccine annually?
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Re: DELAWARE SB 147 ACTION ALERT

Postby Kris L. Christine » Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:48 am

ryanr wrote:I don't see any good in voting to empower government to meddle in veterinary healthcare. They screw up everything else they meddle in without knowledge why add to the list? I think veterinary health decisions are best left between pet owners and their vets. Seriously, why would a veterinarian knowingly use a 3-year vaccine annually?

Sometimes the government needs to pass laws to protect consumers (pet owners who are consumers of veterinary care services). 88.8% of Minnesota veterinarians responding to a rabies survey http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/imag ... esults.pdf from the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine indicated they give a 3 year rabies vaccine; yet 53.3% fail to give pet owners a corresponding 3 year rabies certificate (36.2% issue a 2 year certificate, 17.1% issue "other"). When asked if they inform clients when they put a different expiration date on the rabies certificate than that on the vaccine administered, 40.9% responded that they did not inform the client.

Below are some quotes from veterinary trade publications that shed some light on possible motives for veterinarians vaccinating annually with a 3 year vaccine.

In an August 2004 cover story in Veterinary Economics entitled Targeting Changing Vaccine Protocols by Roger F. Cummings, they state that: "In the 1970s and ’80s many veterinarians derived a substantial percent of their total incomes from vaccinating dogs and cats. .....And in many practices today, the vaccination reminder is the one thing that drives visits from healthy pets. So changing your vaccine protocols could have a significant affect on practice finances."

Dr. Alice Wolf, Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, stated in an address (Vaccines of the Present and Future http://www.vin.com/VINDBPub/SearchPB/Pr ... R00141.htm) at the 2001 World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress that: “some veterinarians use the recommendation for vaccinations as a way to ensure client visits for yearly examinations and, least appropriate, as a ‘profit center.’”

In an October 1, 2002 DVM Newsletter article entitled, AVMA, AAHA to Release Vaccine Positions, http://www.dvmnewsmagazine.com/dvm/arti ... p?id=35171, Jennifer Fiala reports, "The statement stresses AVMA's stance on education, a reduction in the profession's dependence on vaccine sales, which account for a significant portion of practice income, ..........Veterinarians must promote the value of the exam and move away from their dependence on vaccine income. "

DVM's July 1, 2003 article, Developing Common Sense Strategies for Fiscal Responsibility http://www.dvmnewsmagazine.com/dvm/arti ... p?id=61694 declares that, "The purpose of this article is to focus on the third of these essential cornerstones: the economic realities of protocol changes, and how medical and surgical standards including reduced frequency of vaccination can be compatible with financial viability; and, yes, even success. ........For a real eye-opener of potential revenue loss, research practice records for the most recent 12 months of client activity to determine the estimated number of adult canine patients that were seen for annual vaccinations. Multiply this number times the revenue loss calculated above on an individual patient basis to determine the total potential lost income. "

From a July 1, 2003 DVM article entitled, What Do We Tell Our Clients? , http://www.dvmnewsmagazine.com/dvm/arti ... p?id=61696, "It has finally happened. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has released canine vaccine guidelines. Some practitioners may dread it and consider the recommendations as a 'practice buster.' ......The concern of course is the loss of our 'vaccine hook.' "

On Page 18 of the American Animal Hospital Association's 2003 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, the task force declares: "However, the ethical issue that our profession struggles with today is whether economics justifies giving an animal a drug (vaccines are biologic drugs) that is not necessarily required. As a minimum, we should allow pet owners to make this choice rather than make it for them."
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Re: DELAWARE SB 147 ACTION ALERT

Postby ryanr » Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:50 am

Wow, is all I can say. I guess I stand corrected on this issue. It still concerns me with government getting involved, all one has to do is look at some the pending bills and recent legislation that started with good intentions and only to get twisted into something that makes it more difficult for the average dog owner. I wish vets would've been more pro-active in setting these standards on their own.
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Re: DELAWARE SB 147 ACTION ALERT

Postby Kris L. Christine » Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:02 pm

ryanr wrote: I wish vets would've been more pro-active in setting these standards on their own.
I couldn't agree with you more.
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