The Federal Trade Commission has reopened the public comment period for next month's workshop focusing on competition and consumer protection issues in the pet medications industry, and will now accept comments through November 1, 2012. The Commission is seeking the views of consumers, veterinarians, pharmacists, manufacturers, business representatives, economists, lawyers, academics, and other interested parties prior to that date.
The October 2, 2012, workshop agenda includes sessions examining the ways pet medications are distributed to consumers, and how these distribution practices affect consumer choice and price competition. Among other issues, the workshop will consider the extent to which consumers are able to obtain written, portable prescriptions that they can fill wherever they choose, and their ability to verify the safety and effectiveness of the pet medications they buy.
The Commission vote to reopen the public comment period was 5-0. Comments can be submitted electronically here. (FTC File No. P121201; the staff contact is Stephanie Wilkinson, Office of Policy Planning, 202-326-2084)
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