Submission Number: 560891-00521
Received: 9/15/2012 7:36:33 AM
Commenter: Brittney Barton
Organization: East Lake Veterinary Hosptial
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
Federal Trade Commission Office of the Secretary Room H-113 (Annex X) 600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20580
Re: Pet Medications Workshop, Project No. P12–1201
Dear Sir or Madam:
I am a practicing veterinarian with over a decade of experience. It has always been my ethic that when asked for a written prescription, it is provided to the client. However, making written prescriptions mandatory for veterinarians appears unnecessary and burdensome.
I fail to see the need for new laws, regulations, and mandates that appears to be aimed at creating a wedge between the client, patient and veterinarian. Through the long-standing Veterinary Client Patient Relationship (VCPR) practice standard, veterinarians have been able to work effectively, confidentially, and knowledgeably with clients and their pets to provide the best treatment, as well as offering appropriate therapies for the health and wellbeing of the pet in a timely and, at times, life-saving manner.
Veterinarians are uniquely trained in veterinary medical pharmacology combined with ongoing medical and pharmacological education received from veterinary education institutions, veterinary medical associations, as well as veterinary pharmaceutical industries. This depth of knowledge of animal therapies acquired by us as veterinarians coupled with a commitment to follow-up animal care is the best model for optimal animal care.
The expansion of unscrupulous businesses and commercial entities, both physical and virtual, that market and sell animal medications is of concern to the veterinary community. Our concern primarily lies in the ability of some animal owners’ to ascertain pharmaceutical vendor and product quality and effectiveness, especially if they are prompted through these new regulations and mandates to enter into a foreign and unfamiliar marketplace with just a written prescription in hand.
I believe that a proven and safe marketplace for consumers and animal owners needs to exist before consideration is given to creating these new regulations and laws.
In summary, I fail to see a problem that warrants the type of solution being proposed through HR1406. Veterinarians have and will continue to provide the best care for their animal patients. This includes making sure that their patients receive appropriate therapies whether it be through the veterinary clinic or otherwise.
Thank you for your consideration.