Submission Number: 560891-00663
Received: 10/20/2012 6:53:42 PM
Commenter: Marc Washenfelder DVM
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
I have practiced Veterinary Medicine for 25 years in the state of Wyoming, a rural state that has limited access to human pharmacies or other sources for prescription medications for animals. In areas such as these, veterinarians are the main source of pet medications that their clients can easily and affordably obtain in a seamless and expedient manner. The veterinarian is and ALWAYS will be the main source of pet medications that are manufactured FOR ANIMALS, not generic human medications that may or may not be intended for animal treatment. It is imperative for the health and protection of not only pets, but for companion and food animals, that veterinarians not be hindered by some corporate induced version of a "free trade agreement" that will only confuse and confound most of our clients.
Veterinarians MUST remain as the most viable source for EFFECTIVE and AFFORTABLE medications for the treatment of disease and sickness in animals in the United States without undue, burdensome regulations or excessive paperwork that is not only needless but counterproductive to everyone involved. The proposed act is only intended to profit internet pharmacies (which most are a joke-I know, I tried some and their products killed 2 of my patients!), and discount chain stores and human pharmacies. These businesses are not needed to be involved in the practice of Veterinary Medicine in the USA. Let veterinarians do their job and keep corporate America out of our lives and our business! This act will not save people money or increase competition, it will cause a tremendous, undue burden on the profession of Veterinay Medicine and it will kill animals all over the country!