Submission Number: 560891-00520
Received: 9/15/2012 2:42:50 AM
Commenter: Eric Ako
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
I am a practitioner,active in organized veterinary medicine(Executive VP,HawaiiVMA;Mission:To ensure the delivery of quality veterinary medical services to the public),a past chair of the Board of Veterinary Examiner,State of Hawaii(tasked to protect the consumer).
AVMA Ethics policy directs veterinarians to respect the consumers choice to buy outside of the veterinary practice.We take this direction seriously.A veterinarians license can be revoked if not compliant.
Most pharmacists are not trained in veterinary medicine.In Hawaii,our new pharmacy school at the University of Hawaii(Hilo) is only now providing exposure.Until they are
trained,veterinarians are the ONLY professionals qualified to give advice.Pharmacists are
not aware of species differences in dosage,or adverse reactions.They cannot give advice
to ensure compliance,such as how to give Morris the cat that pill.
Veterinarians have worked with pharmacists in the past.It is not unusual for me to call in
a prescription,or to sign off on an internet prescription.However,this is damaging to the
veterinarian-client-patient relationship.Each time they come in to my office,it is an opportunity to touch the client.How is Fido?Is it working?No?Then maybe we should...
We must proceed very carefully as the marketplace for animal products grows.I see and hear of a lot of waste on useless remedies and other products.I am not in this profession to make a fortune.I am passionate about my patients and clients well being.Is Costco,or Walmart?I think the pharmacist may be,but who calls the shots in their business?
Let's REALLY protect the consumer.