The BSAVA has launched 26 client information leaflets that provide information on medications prescribed “off-label” and help solve the problem of clients forgetting what they are told by their vet during a consultation.
The BSAVA has launched a range of 26 client information leaflets that provide information on medications prescribed “off-label” and help solve the problem of clients forgetting what they are told by their vet during a consultation.
Recent years have seen advances in veterinary medicine outstrip the availability of drugs authorised to treat various diseases in companion animals. As a result it is often necessary to utilise the prescribing cascade. However, there has been no source of standard information for owners regarding the use of such drugs, until now.
The BSAVA client drug information leaflets were the idea of Ian Ramsey, editor-in-chief of the BSAVA Small Animal Formulary. He said: “As a referral vet I write a lot of letters to owners and vets that include instructions about the drugs that I am prescribing or dispensing for a patient. Often these drugs are unusual or cytotoxic, and are very commonly only authorised for human patients.
With such an enormous amount of detail that should be related to clients, Prof Ramsey said remembering every detail for every drug was an unrealistic challenge, but claimed: “vets have an obligation to provide detailed information on the drugs that they are dispensing to their clients.”
Specifically written for owners, the new client information leaflets cover some of the “off-label” drugs most commonly used for dogs and cats, including:
- Famotidine, and
- Ursodeoxycholic acid.
In addition to a basic introduction to the prescribing cascade, each of the BSAVA client information leaflets provide a reference for owners and explains exactly what the drug does, as well as detailing the potential side effects that may arise. They also contain a space for practices to add their own details before distributing them to clients.
The first batch of client information leaflets is now available for members to download from the Practice Resources section of the BSAVA website. Additional leaflets may be added throughout 2011.