Common Errors With Safeguarding Controlled Substances

Lisa Penny, RPh, FSVHP, director of pharmacy at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, says she has seen several common errors with safeguarding controlled substances at veterinary practices.
Published: May 01, 2018


Each state has its own regulations when it comes to safeguarding controlled substances, and your veterinary practice should be following them. But Lisa Penny, RPh, FSVHP, director of pharmacy at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, says she has seen several common errors when doing so.

While it's good for veterinary practices to have a double-locked safe on the wall with all their controlled substances inside, Penny says you should not hang the keys on the hook next to it. It defeats the whole purpose, she states. She also urges practice owners to encourage their employees to document what they're doing with controlled substances instead of trying to recreate records later.

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