Submission Number: 560891-00022
Received: 7/20/2012 8:43:56 AM
Commenter: Erik Herrema
Organization: Penfield Veterinary Hospital
State: New York
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
DVM's are best positioned to determine which pharmaceuticals and products are best for their patients. The ability to dispense meds at point of exam and have client leave with meds in hand increases our compliance to therapy and minimizes lack of follow through on the clients behalf. I have had many situations where theowners have not filled a medicine right away aonly to call back days later looking for a new script because theylost the other one!!
DVM's spend a great deal of time in CE & discussions with colleagues as to which products are most efficacious and safest to use.
A DVM's choice of medications ar driven by what is appropriate for the patient and the condition we are treating. Many of our medications are made for animals and labeled for animals only. Therefore, the ability to obtain meds through outside sources may not even be possible and delay therapeutic treatment and thus compromising animal health!
The Internet & big box pharmacies are driven by the sale not the patient. They send FAX requests for medications that the DVM has not prescribed and often does not feel is in the best interest of the patient.
We also are very involved in making sure that if there are any issues regarding meds that we dispense that we will back them up and help clients work through side effects etc. We have clients call us to discuss issues that were related to the use of medicines that were not sold by us (i.e. topical parasiticides) and then complain to us that they were not told of potential issues using the meds.