Submission Number: 560891-00016
Received: 7/17/2012 5:27:44 PM
Commenter: Sharon Anderson
Organization: Anderson Veterinary Services
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
As a practicing veterinarian for 32 years, I have seen the profession evolve. Because of the sizes of our companion animals, from 0.5 lbs to 160 lbs, I have seen many mistakes made in prescribing medication. A human pharmacist is not trained in our field, and mislabeled prescriptions and substitutions of product that are not efficacious in various breeds, are common. PetMed Express mislabels drugs routinely. I write prescriptions often. Sometimes at owners request; at times, I tell them they can get it cheaper at some pharmacy chain. However, the same antibiotics eye drops I purchase for $25 and sell for $35, are sold at Walgreen's for $125, and they probably can buy them cheaper than I can. Many of our products are not available at human pharmacies. If all human pharmacies would like to fill prescriptions, there should be study & certification for the pharmacists, as there are breed specific aberrations in drug metabolism. They should be required to keep all our veterinary products on hand, and separate from human medications. As I was required to study pharmacology in veterinary school, and regularly refer to animal drug formalary for dosing, then the pharmacists should be held to the same standards. Walmart is just greedy. Veterinarians hold themselves to a high standard of care for their pet patients, cutting out the middle man helps the client and the patient. I purchase good quality antibiotics, not mass produced generics, I know that one type of cyclosporin is not metabolized as well as another in dogs...so don't prescribe the human one for dogs.
Cats and dogs are not little people. Try giving your cat a Tylenol... and watch it go into renal failure.
Sharon Anderson DVM