Submission Number: 560891-00097
Received: 8/1/2012 4:29:18 PM
Commenter: Alison Barulich
Organization: Allphin Veterinary Clinic
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
Will pharmacy programs now being covering veterinary species as well, so that pharmacists can field questions on drug interactions, adverse reactions, dosages, etc? As a veterinarian, I was required to spend years learning the unique physiology and pharmacology pertaining to a variety of animal species that I now regularly prescribe medications for. For example, would a human pharmacist recognize that several canine breeds have a high likelihood of possessing a genetic mutation that makes them extremely vulnerable to overdosages of a variety of commonly used medications, including ivermectins? Would a human pharmacist understand why dogs can be prescribed prednisone, but cats must receive prednisolone? That products containing fipronil (ie. Frontline Plus) are safe to use on dogs/cats but not rabbits? That cats diagnosed with diabetes mellitus can go into "diabetic remission" and may need to be taken off insulin? The list goes on and on!