197620 National Pesticide Information Center's web-based portal for veterinarians: A new tool to report pesticide incidents among animals

Monday, November 9, 2009: 3:30 PM

Kaci Agle, MS , Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Dave Stone, PhD , Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Sean Ross , Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Most household pets are treated with a pesticide product at some point in their lives to control fleas, ticks and/or mites. Adverse reactions to pesticide applications have been reported to the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), which is a cooperative effort between the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Oregon State University. NPIC receives about 25,000 inquiries per year from across the United States. In 2008, 33% of reported incidents involved a single animal, most often a family pet. In 2008, NPIC received 57 reports of animal deaths, and transferred 35 calls to the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC). Incidents involved molluscides, insecticides, rodenticides and insect-growth regulators. EPA has utilized incident data from NPIC and other sources to develop regulatory interventions including product label changes, increased risk mitigation measures, and product cancellations. NPIC and EPA recently collaborated with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to develop a web-based incident-reporting portal to promote timely and detailed reporting of adverse reactions to pesticides by licensed veterinarians. The site was designed to capture the optimal amount of relevant information, balanced with a quick and user-friendly interface for busy practitioners. Using this new tool, veterinarians are encouraged to submit reports if and when adverse reactions to pesticides are observed in pets, wildlife and domestic animals.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss toxicology of incidents among pets commonly reported to NPIC. Discuss the role of incident reports in risk assessment and risk mitigation. Identify a new web-based portal to report adverse reactions to pesticides.

Keywords: Pesticide Exposure, Surveillance

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: While performing surveillance of pesticide incidents in animals, reports have been submitted about unlabeled use of pesticide products. For example, people have used dog products on cats. Such use patterns are not recommended by the presenters, or by OSU.

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have experience documenting, investigating and reporting pesticide exposure incidents as a researcher and as a regulator.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.