Submission Number: 560891-00108
Received: 8/2/2012 3:58:16 AM
Commenter: Hilary Stern
Organization: Animal Hospital of Soquel
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
I am a veterinarian who works with many species of pets (birds, reptiles, small mammals, etc). I use many specialized medications, some compounded, others just unusual.
It is very common for me to have owners get medications elsewhere. I cannot stock every single medication I could possibly need for every single species that might walk in the door. I rely heavily on local compounding pharmacies, human pharmacies, and internet / mail pharmacies to provide my patients with the medications they need. However, all this is done via phone or over the internet.
I never hand a written prescription to a client, because it is much faster for the client if I call or fax in a prescription directly to the pharmacy. The same is true for my own family's doctors: they have a paperless practice, and electronically send prescriptions directly to our pharmacy. This saves us a lot of time, as by the time we get to the pharmacy our medication is usually waiting for us.
I certainly think that veterinarians should be required to use outside pharmacies if that is their client's wish. However, to require veterinarians to hand people a piece of paper is a waste of time. No client wants paper prescriptions anymore. Rather, they want us to call or fax the prescription directly to the pharmacy.
Please don't require us to do something so retro as to hand people paper prescriptions! With our increasingly paperless medical practices, this antiquated custom does not make sense. It is a waste of paper, is inefficient for the client, and opens animals up to all sorts of prescribing errors (you should see how bad some vet's handwriting is!).
Thanks for listening to my concerns.
Hilary Stern, DVM