Submission Number: 560891-00548
Received: 9/26/2012 3:49:23 PM
Commenter: Stewart Smith
Organization: Beechmont Pet Hospital
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
Veterinary medicine is a high-overhead industry, with most of our costs going to pay employees, facility expenses, laboratory costs, and purchase supplies. If we lose our pharmacy profit center to WalMart, our overhead remains nearly the same. The only difference is that we will have to make up for our lost pharmacy revenue by charging the consumer more money for our veterinary sevices in order to make ends meet. In addition, if we are required by law to write prescriptions for every drug we wish to use on our patients, the considerable extra time involved will also have to involve a fee (I currently provide prescriptions to those few clients that request them at no charge). In conclusion, I see little net benefit to the consumer of veterinary services in what is being proposed, only a windfall for WalMart.