A nationwide shortage of injectable opioids, such as morphine, which are commonly used in surgery, is forcing some vets to look for other options to relieve pain and discomfort for their furry patient.
The deficiency occurred when a decision by the US Drug Enforcement Agency to reduce opioid production in response to the opioid crisis coincided with a manufacturing problem at Pfizer The largest veterinary drug manufacturers
Veterinarians are suffering from scarcity as manufacturers provide the hospitals with priority the medication. The shortage can last until 2019, while other manufacturers boost production.
Diane Matt, CEO of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, said the group was aware of the shortage and people feared that the drugs would not be available to animals before and after surgery
Until now, the association's sister organization , who runs the Pet Aid Animal Hospital and serves income-qualified clients, able to meet the needs of their patients, said Matt. Other veterinarians in Boulder County reported little or no problems due to the shortage, while others are forced to find alternative ways to relieve the pain for their patients.
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