Submission Number: 560891-00033
Received: 7/23/2012 6:20:36 PM
Commenter: Lorin Lawrence
Organization: Ebenezer Animal Hospital, P.A.
State: South Carolina
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
To the Commission:
Thank you for soliciting comments from the community.
I believe the big box stores that are lobbying Congress to pass HR 1406 are seeing only the dollars being spent on medications for pets ($7 billion accd to the above article), hoping to get a share. What their short sighted efforts are clearly not concerned about is pet health care. Neither Target nor Walmart have sent pharmacists back to school for training in veterinary pharmacology. I can tell by their questions when I call in prescriptions. They do not realize that doses for drugs in pets are often much different than for humans. When they are filling 300 prescriptions an hour, how likely are they to double check animal prescriptions that seem unusual? Errors and harm to animals seem inevitable in this system. At the veterinary clinic, we may fill 20 - 30 prescriptions per hour. There is direct veterinary oversight and mistakes are rare. Techs filling the medications are also familiar with pet dosing are occasionally catch errors, too. None of this double checking can occur in a pharmacy primarily concerned with human pharmacology. I urge you to leave the decision making about where to fill medications for pets between the pet owner and their trusted veterinarian.