Submission Number: 560891-00240
Received: 9/2/2012 3:26:10 PM
Commenter: M Gry Wildenstein
Organization: Adana Veterinary Clinic
State: New York
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
I strongly oppose for pet owners to be able to request written prescriptions to fill at human pharmacies for their pets.
We, as veterinarians, have the education and knowledge to prescribe the correct medications for animals. Many medications are animal specific re. formulation, strength, and dosage. We have to carry many medications anyway and it is better and safer for the patient to get the medication directly at our practice. Our small private practices are not built on the same concept as human practices; we do not have the set up nor the pricing that allows us to write hundreds of prescriptions each day without charging for that service. MD's charge 5-10 times the fee for an office visit as DVM's, which allows some form of payment to cover for the time spent on writing prescriptions. I have experienced human pharmacies substitute what appeared like a random strength of the drug I wrote a prescription for because that is what the pharmacist "thought I meant" or what they had in stock.
Many unscrupulous online companies offer drugs purchased out of the country: it is simply NOT in our pets/animals best interest to be able to request a written prescription for every drug prescribed by their veterinarian. Thank you
Gry Wildenstein, DVM