During the Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego, Pneu-Dart, Inc. participated in a joint meeting with representatives from various proactive organizations within the beef industry to discuss "the opportunities of developing a RDD (Remote Drug Delivery) guideline.”

Earlier this week, Pneu-Dart introduced an online educational program for remote drug delivery.

Pneu-Dart President, Blair Soars explains; "Our goal was to present a proactive list of guidelines to help officially recognize an alternative method of drug delivery when conventional means are unwarranted.  In doing so we thank certain veterinarians in helping create these guidelines. This is an exciting time for the industry to learn the value or remote drug delivery in managing whole herd health."

The following represents the guidelines as presented:

·         Establishing a Veterinary Client Patient Relationship, in short a VCPR, is essential. 

·         Remote Drug Delivery should be used when conventional means are deemed to be detrimental to the animal's health and well-being. 

·         Read all labels of any medication and be aware of the side effects regardless to the method of delivery.

·         Never attempt to deliver medication remotely to a moving animal.  

·         Optimum distance for large volume (6cc-10cc) remote drug delivery projectile is recommended to be not greater than 20 yards. 

·         Only use a projector with mechanically adjustable power controls.  Failure to do so may result in excessive impacts speeds and potential tissue damage. 

·         Never allow others to use or inspect your projector without first instructing them in the fundamentals of safe use. 

·         Do not shoot at hard surfaces or at the surface of water.  The projectile may bounce off or ricochet. 

·         Traditional gun safety is paramount including but not limited to: Always point muzzle in a safe direction, keep the projector on safe until ready to fire, wear eye protection, and identify your target and what is beyond your target.   

·         When using a cartridge fired projector use only the recommend charge.  Purchase multiple charge types and equip your supplies with multiple clips for each charge type.

·         Never use power loads/charges which are not provided by the Remote Drug Delivery System manufacturer.  

·         Optics on all projectors is recommended. 

·         Proper care and maintenance of Remote Drug Delivery System is critical.

·         Remote Drug Delivery training and non-animal practice is critical.  Additionally, re-sighting with practice devices is critical prior to delivering medication to any animal.  

·         Never practice with used or empty remote drug delivery devices.

·         Always select the proper size remote drug delivery device for the recommended dosage.

·         Never mix medication in the same remote drug delivery device and never add liquid fillers to "top off" the drug containment chamber.

·         Never select a medication that will require more than 10cc per injection site to effectively treat any animal.  

·         Only 1/2" 14 gauge needles should be selected for Sub-Q injections via remote drug delivery.

·         Shot placement should be perpendicular to the animal and within recommended locations of the neck region.

·         Hypodermic fill needles should be clean and replaced frequently.

·         Always follow recommended withdrawal periods as defined by the medication manufacturer.

·         Proper disposal of spent Remote Drug Delivery device is recommended.