Submission Number: 560891-00482
Received: 9/14/2012 2:26:15 PM
Commenter: Mark Cofone
Organization: Delaware Veterinary Medical Association
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
September 13, 2012
Federal Trade Commission
Office of the Secretary
Room H-113 (Annex X)
600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20580
Dear Sir or Madam:
I am writing to the FTC on behalf of the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association on the subject of the Pet Medications Workshop, Project No. P12-1201 which is to convene in October.
Veterinary medicine and veterinarians have long been held in high esteem and believed to be trustworthy by their clients and society in general for the good work they do caring for animals big and small. That characterization has been built one animal at a time, over years and years of working closely with pet owners, farmers, breeders and anyone who holds the care of animals near and dear to their heart. Everyday veterinarians in the state of Delaware and across this country go to work wanting to do the best for their patients and their clients. The practice of medicine is built on the solid medical knowledge of the veterinarian and their ability to communicate that knowledge to the animal owner, one patient at a time. Anything that can get in the way of that relationship puts the health and well being of the animal patient at risk.
The DVMA is concerned that any law mandating the writing of prescriptions for veterinarians will interfere not only with the care of our patients but the communication between us the veterinarian and our clients. Veterinarians in Delaware are already writing prescriptions for their clients, not only because they have too based on the states practice act, but because the foundation of our care is based on what is best for our patients and best for our clients.
There are many options our clients now have available when it comes to where they choose to get their pet’s medication, a veterinarians in-house pharmacy is just one of them. The DVMA supports an owner’s right to purchase medication for their pet at anyone of these locations, and the vast majority of our clients are well aware of their options. Any mandate to write a prescription every time a drug is prescribed is going to put the care of the patient and the relationship between veterinarian and client at risk, and at the same time provide absolutely no benefit to the patient or the client. When it comes to mandatory drug prescription writing there is no plus to the animal; there is no benefit to the client; there is no upside for anyone involved in this patient/client/doctor relationship.
The DVMA hopes the FTC will see that there is no problem which needs to be fixed, especially by an onerous mandate. The DVMA thanks you for your time and consideration of this matter.
Mark A. Cofone, VMD, DACVS