WSR 09-11-049



(Board of Pharmacy)

[ Filed May 13, 2009, 8:52 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-886 WAC, Animal control -- Legend drug and WAC 246-887-050 through 248-887-070, rules regulating sodium pentobarbital. The board of pharmacy will consider rules to incorporate the administration and record-keeping standards in its model policies for humane societies/animal control agencies as it relates to the use of legend drugs for preeuthanasia sedation. A technical correction is needed to remove Ketamine, the board will consider other drugs that may be appropriate for preeuthanasia sedation.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.64.005, 69.41.080. 69.50.310.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The board of pharmacy received a petition to consider rules to further regulate the purchase, possession and administration of legend drugs by animal control agencies and humane societies. Rules will help to clarify existing state laws and establish enforceable standards. Standards will include identifying authorized personnel, proper handling, administration, storage and recordkeeping of legend drugs used for preeuthanasia sedation of injured, sick, homeless, or unwanted domestic pets and animals.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The rules process will include consultation with representatives of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the veterinary board of governors to ensure that the standards are compliant and consistent with all state and federal laws, rules and regulations.

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested parties will be asked to participate in rule-writing workshops and will be contacted via e-mail. Individuals wishing to join the interested parties list or submit comments for consideration may contact the board of pharmacy at or by contacting Doreen Beebe at (360) 236-4834.

May 6, 2009

Doreen E. Beebe

Program Manager

Washington State Code Reviser's Office