Submission Number: 560891-00584
Received: 10/9/2012 12:47:55 PM
Commenter: Nola Gedeon
Organization: Marcum Road Animal Hospital
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
Yes it is true that veterinarians derive income from the sale of prescription and non prescription drugs; but so will Walmart, Costco, Walgreen's, Pet Med Express, etc. What I have not seen mentioned is that most veterinarians are small business owners, trying to support their practice; as with any business when we lose income from any other source of competition, we are forced to decrease our staffing and increase our prices to still obtain an income on which we can live. Most veterinarians are not nearly as wealthy as the CEOs of the big corporations seeking the veterinary drug business and the sale of prescription drugs is a large part of our income. The consumer will be left with significantly increased pet medical pricing to keep their pet healthy and Walmart will not likely increase their hiring with the addition of the veterinary drug prescription market. Overall however, veterinary employees may experience job loss. Ophthalmologists have stated that they now make MORE money since the eyeglass and contact lens market has largely been taken from them as they now require more frequent exams and more expensive exams to authorize prescriptions for eyewear. So if these changes are put into place, the consumer will ultimately be the loser. And if veterinary pharmacology training is not required of the pharmacists, the pet will be the loser also when prescriptions are inaccurately filled. Do they know about veterinary dosing and drug interactions? I do not think so after trying to call in prescriptions. They seem to be at a loss and call US to advise them.