Submission Number: 560891-00730
Received: 10/31/2012 3:38:27 PM
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
Making a federal mandate to require Veterinarians to write prescriptions is redundant. Most, if not all, state veterinary laws require Veterinarians to write a prescriptions if asked. The problem with arbitraily writing one for every drug is that human pharmacists are not educated on the multiple contraindications in animals as compared to humans. Nor are they trained in the side effects to expect which can be different from breed to breed, not just species to species. This may lead to needless harm of animals and places an undue burden on Veterinarians to provide this education without getting reimbursed for even the cost of the drugs. This inhibits the small business person to a greater degree/percentage than helps the big corporations & lobbyists that are pushing for this federal mandate.
Right now Veterinary care is reasonable in both its costs and ease of access as well as the speed of that access. Animals are not referred for x-rays, laboratory procedures, surgery, etc. unless extreme specialization is needed. Veterinarians perform every aspect of these procedures in their clinics every day. This leads to high overhead but the public has come to expect this easy access.
Both political parties indicate that they want to help small businesses. This is a very good way to cause irreparable harm to them.
What would be a better federal mandate, is to put a cap on the costs that drug manufacturers can charge for a given drug. Untethered profits of the big corporations, whether it be drug manufacturers or big box discount stores or grocery stores is what is hurting middle America. Not the average Veterinarian that is struggling to pay their bills. Most Veterinarians are not rich and if you factor in what they pay for school, some are not even considered middle class.