Submission Number: 560891-00073
Received: 7/30/2012 5:32:02 AM
Commenter: Laura Strong
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
Pet Medications Workshop, Project No. P12-1201
Regarding the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, it is my understanding that veterinarians might be required to provide a written/electronic prescription for each proposed medication to be used. Is it really necessary to legally mandate hand written/electronic prescriptions when it is already widely known that pet owners have access to choice. Through mass advertizing, the business market place is already serving to alert pet owners that they have options in how/where they can get their pet’s medications filled. If my human health care providers don’t provide a service I need, I vote with my feet. Isn’t that an option for a pet owner who happens to seek services from some ill informed veterinarian who actually believes he/she is going to retain a client by refusing to provide a prescription? The market will take care of itself so increasing administrative requirements on the veterinarian will only serve to drive up the cost of veterinary care. That doesn’t seem particularly fair to the pet owner.
Further, veterinarians are extensively trained to understand and address the pharmacy needs of animals. It is my opinion that if human pharmacists are to be increasingly relied upon by pet owners to dispense medication and give counseling concerning animal medications, a system of checks and balances needs to be in place to ensure that pharmacy professionals understand the uniqueness of each species. If we move further down this slippery slope, it should be mandated that pharmacy schools and boards across the US provide in their curriculums and licensure exams education and testing concerning all species. This will ensure that pharmacy professionals are adequately prepared to provide services to pet and livestock owners (assuming horses are also pets). That would seem to be the fair thing to do for animal advocates.
Laura Strong, DVM