Submission Number: 560891-00630
Received: 10/15/2012 3:58:30 PM
Commenter: Juliana Roth
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
Please mandate veterinarians to write prescriptions for all prescriptions given. In GA, I am aware that my vet has a "minimum spend" so even if a prescription should be $5, the minimum spend per prescription is $20, and thus I am charged a $20 minimum even if I am only purchasing one tablet. While my vet will write a prescription, the vet practice strongly discourages the practice. And, I am left worried that if I push the issue of getting a prescription whether my dog will still receive the most effective treatment. My vet clinic has a reputation for being one of the best in medicine in the area, but also has business owners who know how to leverage the system to maximize profits. Most prescriptions I buy from my vet cost 50% - 100% more than I would pay if I could purchase from other sources. Of course, I can switch vets at any time, but those with decent medical credentials, tend to have decent business credentials, too, and thus use the system rather effectively to maximize their profits. Even though I hate it, even though I know I'm being over charged, I choose for quality care for my dog, which means I significantly over pay for all pet prescriptions.
My dog is 5 1/2 years old in good health, but he has allergies that occasionally require special treatment. My annual spend on vet & meds is approximately $600 - $700 a year. With mandated prescriptions, I would expect to save approximately $100 per year.
Thank you in advance for your consideration of mandating vets write prescriptions for all medicines prescribed! And, thank you for your time today.