Submission Number: 560891-00510
Received: 9/14/2012 10:14:36 PM
Commenter: Feli Smith
State: North Carolina
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
I have been a practicing small animal veterinarian for the past 16 years. I vehemently oppose the federal government mandating veterinarians to write prescriptions for every singly product dispensed.
Throughout my veterinary career, I have seen the dangers of having pet medication prescriptions filled at human pharmacies. I have seen prescriptions filled erroneously, prescriptions changed, alternate medications given, veterinarians licenses used without their permission, animals developing illness because the human medicine counterpart is not the same, pharmacy personnel advising clients about their pets illegally and inappropriately, humans taking medications that were prescribed for their pet, and delays in prescription dispensation because of confusion/inexperience to medications prescribed for animals. I have several grave concerns regarding the medical well being of pets when prescriptions are filled at these large conglomerates such as Costco, Wal Mart and Pet Med Express. My fist question is; will these conglomerates stand behind their products if an animal were to develop heartworm disease when the client can prove the preventative was purchased and given monthly? The second concern is the illegality of lay personnel and pharmacists advising clients on drug interactions or adverse reactions/side effects to medications given to pets. Thirdly,online pharmacy and conglomerate human pharmacies lack of authentication of veterinary prescriptions. Since human pharmacists are able to dispense medications to animals without any concerns, will it also hold true that veterinary pharmacists be able to dispense human medications to people?
I am imploring the Federal Trade Commission do their homework and not allow these human conglomerates to dispense medications without proper training in veterinary pharmacology, bacteriology, and breed specific issues. We should allow pharmacists to perform their job filling prescription medications for humans without interruptions to prevent fatal errors from occurring. The cost of veterinary services will increase and may be cost prohibitive for people. The ones that end up losing big are the animals. The ones that will gain financially are the conglomerate pharmacies.
Feli Smith DVM, DACLAM