H.R. 1528, Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

H.R. 1528

Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

Sponsor
Rep. Kurt Schrader

Date
July 8, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 1528 was introduced on April 12, 2014 by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1528 amends the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 822(e)) to clarify that, in States where a veterinarian who has registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is licensed to practice, the veterinarian may transport and dispense controlled substances at a site other than the principal place of business without having to obtain separate registrations for each activity.

Background

The DEA’s interpretation of the Controlled Substances Act has “raised questions about whether it is legal for registrants to transport or distribute controlled substances for use outside of their registered location.”[1]  Mobility is essential to veterinary practice, especially rural food animal veterinarians who may not have offices for seeing animals or must travel offsite to treat animals.[2]

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[1] Committee Report 113-457, p. 2.
[2] Id. at 2.

Cost

CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would not affect direct spending.  H.R. 1528 would not significantly affect spending by the Department of Justice.[3]

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[3] http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45287

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.