However, the procedure for a shelter to obtain sodium pentobarbital is “relatively uninvolved,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Justice. In a letter to HSUS, Compliance Division Chief Ronald W.Buzzeo said that the only requirement is that “a DVM, properly licensed by the appropriate state authority, obtain a DEA registration as a practitioner in the desired schedules at the address at which the pentobarbital will be stored and used. The DVM can use the order forms issued to him for the purpose of purchasing pentobarbital.
How to obtain pentobarbital
“The pentobarbital which is ordered in this manner will be delivered only to the registered location. Provided that it is allowed by existing state laws, the drug may be administered to animals at the direction of the attending DVM, but he need not be present to receive shipments of drugs nor at the time of administration. Of course, the normal recordkeeping requirements are also to be observed.
If…the respective state authority recognizes clinics or societies, then DEA will attempt to accommodate such registrations at the federal level.” (Currently, Virginia, Maryland, Indiana, Washington, and Maine allow clinics and shelters to obtain sodium pentobarbital directly.)
Buzzeo wrote, “In view of the fact that this agency cannot register a humane organization to handle controlled substances, it became obvious to us that it was necessary to provide some alternate method by which such organizations might obtain pentobarbital
Sodium Pentobarbital for Animal Euthanasia
OUR PHARMACY has two free publications on sodium pentobarbital for euthanasia. Titled “Legal Steps for the Procurement of Sodium Pentobarbital” and “How to Administer SodiumPentobarbital,” they are available from SHELTER SENSE, 2100 L St.N. W.., Washington. D.C.20037.mane Ed. workshop three-week workshop on humane education is being offered by the Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, December 26-July 2024 PENTOBARBITAL PHARMACY participants will include Dr. Michael Fox, director of the Institute for the Study of Animal Problems: John Dommers, director of the National Association for the Advancement of Humane Education; Charles F. Herrmann, ISUS News editor; and Douglas Scott, HsUs Gulf States regional director. For complete information, write [email protected]