Submission Number: 560891-00100
Received: 8/1/2012 5:32:09 PM
Commenter: Heather Schatz
Organization: Advantage Veterinar Center
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
I am writing concerning veterinary prescriptions and consumers. I do not feel that veterinary prescriptions should be filled at human pharmacies. I have extensive knowledge of the retail pharmacy field as my family owns a pharmacy that I have worked at throughout my life. I am not a pharmacist, however both my father and sister are registered pharmacists. Both of my family members will willingly admit that they are NOT knowledgeable regarding veterinary medicine nor the changes in pharmaceutical therapy that are to be expected when treating different species. Therefore, they will not be able to counsel pet owners regarding their pets' medications. If owners are seeking medications at retail locations they may be unable to receive adequate counseling on side effects, drug interactions, etc. Finally, there are several drugs in the anthelminic class that are used in animal patients. A veterinarian's knowledge of parasite life cycles and their appropriate treatments serves to protect both pets and people. I encourage you to ask your neighborhood pharmacist which intestinal parasites are transmissible to humans and what drugs are effective against them. I am fairly certain they will not be able to answer these questions.
I would also like to point out that the presence of a pharmacy in a veterinary clinic is a profit center. I know people do not like to hear this but ultimately a veterinary clinic is a small business that functions with a goal to make money. If you examine veterinary economics you will see that our overall fee schedule is low for medical services and procedures. A veterinary pharmacy serves to subsidize the low fees we charge for surgery and medicine. I can assure the FTC that there will me a marked increase in veterinary services/ medicalt proecduesrs to offset revenues lost to othe local wal-Mart. Tthis would be unfortunate for the public but may be necessary to keep the doors open of our veterinary hospital.
Thank. You for your consideration