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The Apothecary Shops will be Distributor of Phaseal® Closed-System Drug Transfer Device for VCA Hospitals

May 1, 2008| CATEGORIES: Press Release

Phoenix-Based Pharmacy Will Help Teach Safe-Handling Strategy in 400+ Animal Clinics 

Phoenix, Ariz. -- The Apothecary Shops has signed an agreement to be the provider of PhaSeal® -- the nation’s only clinically proven closed-system drug transfer device to more than 400 VCA Animal Hospitals, the largest network of freestanding animal hospitals in the United States. 

The PhaSeal® System is unique in that it prevents the release of contaminants and hazardous drug vapors and aerosols that result when mixing chemicals used for intravenous chemotherapy for animals. Studies have shown that exposure to these agents are associated with a variety of both short-term and long-term health effects such as miscarriage, infertility, pre-term labor, birth defects, skin rashes and possibly leukemia or other cancers. The Apothecary Shops also will assist VCA in implementing its robust safe-handling strategy at all VCA facilities handling chemotherapy.

The Apothecary Shops is the foremost chain of independent full-service pharmacies with specialties in veterinary medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, fertility, infectious disease, pain management, women’s health, transplant, compounding and sports health.

VCA Animal Hospitals is a wholly owned subsidiary of VCA Antech, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Market Select: WOOF) which operates and manages more than 435 animal hospitals in 38 states.

“VCA’s proactive approach to safety will reshape how the veterinary profession looks at and handles chemotherapy drugs,” said Dr. Brett Cordes, DVM, Medical Director of Veterinary Pharmacy for The Apothecary Shops. “With oncology becoming a larger component of the veterinary profession, it is essential that the issue of chemotherapy contamination be addressed. As a market driver and a market leader, VCA is setting the standard.”

With more than 14 peer-reviewed, independent published studies available, the PhaSeal® System has been distinguished as ‘The Gold Standard’ in safe handling and is the only device that meets the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) definition of a closed system. PhaSeal’s double- membrane and sealed expansion chamber ensures airtight and leakproof transfers of drugs to prevent exposure to veterinary office staff.

For information about The Apothecary Shops, visit www.theapothecaryshop.com. For more information about VCA Antech, visit www.vcaantech.com.

About VCA Antech

VCA Antech (NASDAQ Global Market Select: WOOF) is the leading provider of pet health care services in the country with a nationwide clinical laboratory system and over 435 freestanding animal hospitals. VCA Antech’s excellent reputation in the pet health care industry has been established by acquiring and managing high quality veterinary practices and providing preeminent diagnostic laboratory services for animal hospitals across the country. For information, visit www.vcaantech.com.

About The Apothecary Shops

The Apothecary Shops is the foremost chain of independent full-service pharmacies with specialties in veterinary medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, fertility, infectious disease, pain management, women’s health, transplant, compounding and sports health. A National Specialty Pharmacy, The Apothecary Shops has provided individualized care and support to patients since 1996. The clinical pharmacists and staff members are experts in managing complex disease states and providing compassionate care. The Apothecary Shops offer a nationwide specialty mail-order service to complement 13 physical practices. For more information, visit www.theapothecaryshop.com.


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