Submission Number: 560891-00499
Received: 9/14/2012 4:59:44 PM
Commenter: John Powers Drs. Foster and Smith
Organization: Drs. Foster and Smith
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
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My name is John Powers. I am the Executive Vice-President of Drs. Foster and Smith pet supplies and will be on the FTC Pet Medications Workshop panel addressing restricted distribution of veterinary medications. I oversee Merchandising and Inventory Control at Drs. Foster and Smith.
I thought it might be helpful in advance of the workshop for people to understand the two main kinds of pet medication diversion that exist in the marketplace. One is created and controlled by drug manufacturer employees—a ” paper” diversion—and the other is created and controlled by veterinarians—aggregators—better known as aggregation diversion.
It is important to note that neither of these that I will describe are created or controlled by pharmacies or retailers. Certain manufacturers and certain veterinarians are the authors!
Please see the attached document to read my full explanation and comments.
Drs. Foster and Smith