Submission Number: 560891-00612
Received: 10/11/2012 11:34:46 PM
Commenter: Cheryl Haugo
Organization: Desert Veterinary Clinic
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
Please stop this nonsense. This bill takes the decision making away from the people and makes it the government. If mandated and not given the ability to then completely abdicate the responsibility (liabilty should something go wrong) we veterinarians are unable to fully function in our roles as caretakers and guardians of our patients' health. Pharmacies and pharmacists are not trained in veterinary medicine, they are not educated in the multiple species and the idiosyncracies of their responses to medications. If the client is required to go elsewhere for prescriptions to be filled, many will delay treatment or not get it at all, we veterinarians will be unable to properly manage our cases and if there is a problem, now we must take MORE valuable time trying to determine if there is a true medication issue or whether there is a problem relating to the type, dosing form or other situation. A pharmacist will not be able to know what works or does not work with a particular animal and in the case of the smallest of pets, I know of no pharmacist willing to split the pills into 1/8 or even 1/2 for their clients so that calls into question again, will the pet really be receiving what was prescribed and in the manner prescribed. veterinarians have sufficient training in pharmacy to provide properly for put patients and already write prescriptions when needed or requested. this bill is a redundancy. we veterinarians will spend an inordinate amount of time problem solving these issues when we should be caring for patients. please do NOT pass this bill.