Submission Number: 560891-00058
Received: 7/26/2012 5:36:50 PM
Commenter: Gretchen Guth
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
As it stands right now, veterinarians are the only ones trained and educated in veterinary medication usages, adverse effects, and drug interactions. To take this out of the hands of vets and placed in the hands of law makers or even in the hands of human pharmacists will only lead to an increase in reactions and drug interactions. From my own personal experience, prescrpitions given to me are often forgotten until I feel the need to fill them, sometimes never. Forcing veterinarians to write prescriptions for medications may lead to delays in treatment or worse, no treatments at all. The delay involved in shipping from an online pharmacy may be enough to cause significant harm to our patients. The animals will be the ones who suffer.
As I see it, the questions asked by the AVMA are spot on. IS it appropriate to deny vets the opportunity to require a waiver on something we know may harm our patients? To send an owner willing away to get the medications filled somewhere where we do not know how the medications are stored or handled is asking us to trust our patients to variables out of our control.
Even if we do not want to admit it, we buisiness owners rely on the sales of pharmaceuticals to stay in business. If this is taken away from us, we will be forced to raise other service prices to compensate. This may place our prices out of the reach of some owners to pay. So again, the pets are the ones that suffer.