Submission Number: 560891-00284
Received: 9/8/2012 10:41:39 AM
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
Although I have many concerns with this bill passing, one of my primary concerns is the safety and health of our patients and pets. Pharmacies currently employ pharmacists trained to understand and explain side effects, risks and use of current HUMAN medications. These side effects, risks and uses are NOT the same in veterinary medicine. Currently the cost of my time explaining these things about a prescription to my client are covered by the cost of the prescription for the client, now justify to me where the client is going to get an explanation about the medication if the pharmacist doesn't know how to properly use the medication in animals and if I am not getting compensated for my time the only way to make up for this is to increase my prices elsewhere. This bill, when looked at appropriately, is detrimental to the health of our livestock and pets, people are wanting to get things cheaper, but in actuality it is going to hurt them elsewhere. When compared how much a veterinarian charges for an exam to a human practitioner there is a huge difference, there may not be in a few years if veterinarians are constantly put on the chopping block for supposedly charging to much for our services. We went to school 8+ years and our loan debts are not any different than a physician. Please do not put your veterinarian out of business because you merely want to save a penny, we have proven to be some of the most honest people in the job industry, why do you not trust that we absolutely have your pets best interest in mind and there is a reason we don't want you to have medications filled at a HUMAN pharmacy. Please remember, we have families to feed and bills to pay just like any other American. This goes as well for Online Pet Pharmacies, where is their pharmacist to explain these medications, and most importantly where are they getting their medications?