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Assembly approves exempting veterinarians from state drug database


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin senators will be the next to decide whether veterinarians should not have to report the prescriptions they issue to a statewide database.

The Assembly approved the exemption Tuesday, and sent the bill to the Senate.

A 2009 law requires all 1,200 of the state’s drug dispensers to report their transactions, so it’s easier for police to arrest thieves who steal painkillers like Oxycontin.

The state Veterinary Medical Association failed in the last session to get an exemption from the reporting requirement. They say very few people abuse drugs meant for animals. They also say the reporting would be expensive, because many veterinarians don’t keep the electronic records that most pharmacies do.

State officials are behind on establishing the database, but they expect it to go online soon.