Submission Number: 560891-00008
Received: 7/11/2012 11:26:19 PM
Commenter: Coleen Johnston
Organization: Healthy Pet Veterinary Services
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
1. I have no problem scripting out medications, in fact I have very few in stock because I am a mobile practice where space is a premium. My big concern is that using human pharmacies they have no experience in the diferences between the species and a normal substitution or a question about dosing that the pharmacist assumes he knows to be ok may be fatal in a dog or especially in a cat.
2. Requiring a prescription to be written even if the owner declines is a waste of time and money.
3. I am finding out why my fellow vets mark their medications up so high. I am having a hard time making ends meet charging the current market rates for my exams and tests. I now see where that little extra on medications could make all the difference between getting a paycheck and not. A major change will require prices to increase in many areas which will make veterinarians look money hungry. This needs to be addressed and examined on how we can restructure fees and still maintain consumer trust.
4. What about products that pharmacies don't carry, such as 0.8mg levothyroxine? I have people that insist on a script, take it to a human pharmacy and are told that I must have made a mistake because there is no such thing as that strength tablet. This is after I have warned the person that it isn't available in human form. I then have to spend time and effort (making no money) sorting out the issue and convincing the client that the pharmasit is the one that doesn't know what he is talking about and I really do.
5. I think there needs to be tighter regulation for online pharmacies as for where they get their medications. I personally don't care if the companies decide to sell directly to them. I'd rather my patients be able to afford heartworm prevention and reliable flea control than make a few extra bucks. I'm just concerned if the products are adulterated, stored at proper temperatures, and are safe and efficacious.