Submission Number: 560891-00032
Received: 7/23/2012 3:37:01 PM
Commenter: Kipp Magnussen
Organization: Sylvan Veterinary Hospital
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
The Fairness to Pet Owners Act is not necessary and in fact will jeopardize many pets' lives. No other professionals receive training in veterinary pharmacology. Pet owners already have the ability to receive a prescription from their veterinarian whenever they like, and frequently exercise this right presently. The explosive growth over the last several years of animal prescriptions filled online, speaks to the awareness and ease with which pet owners can presently obtain portable prescriptions from their veterinarian.
This law is unnecessary, and will result in pet owners receiving inadequate and potentially erroneous information from well intentioned pharmacists who have no training in the area veterinary pharmacology. The lack of properly educated pet owners about the risks, side effects and possible interactions associated with medications, will place their beloved pets at more risk. The more you remove veterinarians from the care of pets, the more problems will be seen with drug reactions. This is well documented in the OTC market for parasiticals. The inability of pets to verbalize when they are having a reaction, as well as, the lack of veterinary pharmacologically trained pharmacist makes the situation unique and unlike the contact lens industry. This law will hurt rather than help both pet owners and their pets.
The law will also place an unfair administrative cost burden on veterinary practices when current policy already allows clients to receive a portable prescription, a fact that pet owners are well aware of. Ultimately, it is a means by which big business (Wal-mart) is trying to increase costs for small business through unnecessary regulation to make small business less competitive and tip the field in their favor.
Kipp L. Magnussen, DVM