What are the potential shortages of drugs and supplies?
AVMA writes the following: The AVMA is concerned about potential medical supply chain issues, including both pharmaceuticals (specifically active pharmaceutical ingredients [APIs]) and medical products, such as personal protective equipment. We have learned from FDA that there are 32 animal drug firms that make finished drugs or source active pharmaceutical ingredients in China for the United States market. The FDA has contacted all 32 firms and no shortages have been reported at this time. However, six of those firms have indicated that they are seeing disruptions in the supply chain that soon could lead to shortages. The FDA is working with these firms to help identify interventions to mitigate potential shortages. FDA has done similar work on the medical product/device side. An FDA webpage has been created through which the FDA is sharing information around the availability of drugs and medical supplies. Because veterinarians use a substantial number of FDA-approved human drugs under federal extralabel drug use statute and regulations, shortages on the human side will be felt by veterinary medicine as well. Veterinarians are encouraged to send information regarding any supply chain issues of concern to the AVMA at [email protected]. Detailed information on the product of concern and the manufacturer/distributor of that product will be most helpful.
What if an employee tests positive for COVID-19? What are my responsibilities?
Notify anyone whom the employee may have come in contact with, especially those who came within six feet for more than 10 minutes or been in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19. Recommend they follow all COVID-19 guidelines as they pertain to exposure e.g. they should monitor their symptoms for 14 days since the date of last contact with the individual and should not go to work or school, and should avoid public places for 14 days. The most common symptoms of the disease are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Also, follow all cleaning recommendations.
What if a client comes in exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms such as a cough or fever?
Ask the client to reschedule their appointment until their health has recovered so they don’t spread the disease to others. Consider using a telemedicine platform to provide remote care to sick animals if they can be managed at home.
Do I have to shut down my clinic in the event one or more employees contract COVID-19?
At this time, there are no legal requirements to shut down businesses.
Federal and International Agencies
Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
COVID-19 and Animals
OSHA’s Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Rolling updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
Questions and Answers on the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Environmental Protection Agency
EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Kansas Department of Labor
COVID-19 Response Resources
American Veterinary Medical Association
What do you need to know about coronavirus?
Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus Disease 2019
COVID-19 FAQs for Pet Owners
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
Information for Healthcare Professionals
Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
Protect Yourself from Flu at a Large Public Event
Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019