Submission Number: 560891-00471
Received: 9/14/2012 12:15:59 PM
Commenter: Andrew Weitzman
Organization: Acorn Animal Hospital
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 this letter in regards to The "Fairness to Pet Owners" Bill that is being proposed by Walmart.
This is relevant to Pet Medications Workshop, Project no. P12-1201.
It is my strong opinion that this bill is unnecessary and is more geared to helping Walmart gain market share in the pet prescription market than benefiting pet owners.
Pet owners are well aware of the multiple options they have for purchasing prescriptions - either through local pharmacies or online. There is no barrier to Owners obtaining prescriptions when needed to obtain medications where they desire. There is no obligation that they have to purchase medications through a veterinary office. Owners can get written prescriptions at any time for no fee.
What then is the incentive to this bill. The main practical function will be to cause all veterinarians to have to spend additional time and expense to produce a written prescription for all medications, whether the owner wants it or not. This is both wasteful, and time consuming and provides no benefit.
There are situations where certain medications are understood by veterinarians in how they affect their pets. It is my belief that in certain situations, having the medication dispensed through the veterinarian who understands the drug effects is far superior to having a general pharmacist supply these medications. Pharmacists are not veterinarians, and drug effects cannot be extrapolated from how they work on people. I feel there would be many circumstances where unfortunate complications could result due to lack of good client/ Dr. communication.
In summary, I really do not see any true benefit to this bill, and I see the possibility of it causing more problems with many pets.
Since owners can already and do purchase medications at many different places - including walmart pharmacies, I do not understand how forcing veterinarians to produce written prescriptions for every recommended medication is worthwhile.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Dr. Andrew Weitzman