Submission Number: 560891-00017
Received: 7/19/2012 9:00:24 AM
Commenter: Paul Black
Organization: Monroe Veterinary Associates
State: New York
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years. Throughout my career I have prescribed medications for my patients based on a thorough history of the patient, physical examination and diagnostic tests if indicated. I have spent many hours in continuing education in addition to discussing different therapeutic options with my colleagues to determine the best treatment plan for my patients. These options include veterinary specific prescription medications, off label use of human OTC and prescription medications and veterinary OTC medications. Some of these products we carry in house to dispense to clients, while others we write prescriptions for owners to have filled elsewhere. Anytime a client requests a written prescription they are provided one.
I have received many FAX prescription requests for medications I have not prescribed to my patients, nor would I recommend them to my patients. I have had pharmacies quote a client a price for a medication only to find that they have prescribed a different product that is not comparable from an efficacy or a safety standpoint. We are comparable to on line and big box store prices, plus we stand behind the products we dispense should there be an adverse reaction or lack of efficacy.
In short, the veterinarian is best positioned to recommend the safest, most efficacious therapy for his/her patients. Yes we charge a fee for the medication, but we are most concerned with the total well being of our patients.
Paul R. Black, DVM