Submission Number: 560891-00094
Received: 8/1/2012 12:50:24 PM
Commenter: Lawrence Kovac
Organization: Northland Mobile Veterinary Clinic
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
I have talked with a number of pharmacists. They are not being educated on the veterinary medicines they are dispensing. I have had pharmacists tell clients I am over medicating their pets with prescriptions I have called in. The clients have called and been unhappy with me. Explaining dosages to an angry client is not fun. I have had on line pharmacies dispense prescriptions without my knowledge or permission.
I heard a stat on the human side that many meds do not get filled by patients because they do not make it to the pharmacy. I have patients not getting meds even when I sell the meds to the owner. Convenience is a false issue.
My prices are lower than most of the on line stores and what Wal-Mart and Target sell the meds for. Commercials that say the client will save money is false advertising most of the time.
Keeping the control of dispensing animal medicine in the hands of veterinarians is important. Safety and proper education of the client for the pet is primary.
If this is lost and we are still having to explain the information to the owners because the pharmacits are not educated on the animal meds, the cost of doing business will go up, prices will go up and the consumer will lose in the long run.