Submission Number: 560891-00550
Received: 9/26/2012 6:01:40 PM
Commenter: Charles Russell
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
Consumers have exercised the right to have a written prescription to carry to the pharmacy of their choice for years. Many have done this and continue to do so. Just look at the proliferation of companies dealing in animal drugs as a perfect example of the practice. The internet has allowed consumers to shop prices and determine where they would like to purchase medications.
Walmart is late to the pet product industry. As an industry they have not been successful in pulling much of the business to their stores. As a consequence their actions now are to be the "bully" and demand the additional step be taken to physically give the script to the consumer. Everyone knows they can get one. Why would it benefit anyone to require a physical script be handed to the consumer? Besides wasting trees and time the only benefit is to new entrants to the industry. A consumer might ask "Why are you doing this?" Who provides this service that previously did not. Walmart is pushing to be seen as new and innovative.
This is nothing new nor helpful to the consumer. Old subject with no benefit to the consumer or service providers. It will cost consumers more in staffing costs at the veterinary hospitals. It will cost the country more in dollars for trees cut down for the additional paper. There is no benefit. If Walmart wants to sell animal medications then advertise like everyone else that has created a market.