Submission Number: 560891-00165
Received: 8/23/2012 4:05:34 PM
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
Competent, conscientious veterinarians offer this anyway. Most clients that buy Rx products from me do so because of convenience, confidence in our expertise and/or competitive pricing. I know some vetrinarians refuse to write prescriptions; I now have many of their clients at my practice. This is evidence that free market capitalism will solve the problem without governmental intervention.
Furthermore, where will this process stop? Will dealership auto repair shops be required to offer me "generic" OEM parts in place of branded replacement parts? Will realtors be required to provide consumers with "sell-it-yourself" packets or instructions? I believe governmental intervention in this case is an unneccessary and dangerous precedent.
Finally, I do not believe it is government's role to provide "consumer protection" to this level. Pharmacies of all types are spending millions on advertising to inform pet owners of their prescription purchase options. (Much of this is deceptive or dishonest advertising.). Consumers shoulder the responsibility of educating themselves about their veterinary prescription options and can choose where to spend their veterinary dollars.
Finally, at the risk of being offensive, we could recount abundant failed government attempts at regulation. The recent housing collapse was apparent to many of us for years before it happened, but government oversight could not prevent abuse of consumers. If regulation was not effective with that level of paperwork, documentation and regulation, how could you hope to regulate veterinary prescriptions? Increased burdens of documentation will only hurt the honest fair veterinarians, and ultimately the consumer with increased veterinary expenses.
Please weigh this matter carefully and I believe you will see it is bad for the consumer, bad for vetrinary medicine and a dangerous precedent to set.