Submission Number: 560891-00294
Received: 9/10/2012 9:51:43 AM
Commenter: Jeanne Best
Organization: Royalton Equine Veterinary Services, PC
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
As a solo practitioner I can tell you that this new requirement would be a tremendous burden to my practice.I have always supplied my clients with a prescription for their medication when appropriate. This may be for a product which I do not stock or may be something I do stock but for whatever reason they wish to purchase it elsewhere. Price is RARELY the reason my clients get a written script.
The extra paperwork involved with writing a script on these occasions is only a small bother , but I dispense medications on practically every visit and to carry that many forms, write them out, keep track of refills/proper dosing etc. would takje a tremendous amount of time and effort and would ultimately adversely affect my ability to practice medicine.
Also, many phamacies and phamacists are NOT familiar with equine medications and dosing and may provide improper/inappropriate consultation to the consumer. Who suffers? The patient. Who gets the call? The vet. In the end, we are responsible for our patient and this relationship will be affected by this ruling.
I am careful to order the pharmaceuticals that are appropriate for my patients. I am careful in the storage and handling of the products, I keep these on hand so that I can use them daily to promote the health and welfare of my patients. Please don't make my job any harder and don't confuse the customers, don't delay treatment for animals because everyone is caught up writing up scripts for people who most likely won't even care about filling them elsewhere.