Submission Number: 560891-00161
Received: 8/23/2012 1:50:24 PM
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
As a practiing veterinarian, I can assure you that this legislation will do nothing but slow down office vists and drive costs up for owners. In our busy practice, we see a new paitent every 15 minutes and the needless paperwork that will be required by this bill could easily add 5 extra minutes to each appointment. This means 3 patients an hour vs 4. Thats one less animal per hour I would be unable to help because of what is obviously political pandering by pharmacies wanting a cut of veterinary drug sales. Not to mention the fact that as a small business owner with 13 employees, we cannot see one less patient an hour and continue to expect to expand and hire new people. With unemployment rates the way they are now, the government should not be proposing bills that ultimately would hinder new job creation. If the FTC is this concerned about this, a simple solution might be requiring practices to post a sign where clients check out that states "if you would prefer to purchase your prescribed medication elsewhere, we would be happy to supply you with a written prescription". Not forcing this paper wasting, time wasting, money wasting bill down the throats of veterinarians who are busy enough treating the nations animals and creating new jobs.