Submission Number: 560891-00169
Received: 8/23/2012 6:10:14 PM
Commenter: Julie Wickel
Organization: Claws and Paws Veterinary Hospital
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
1) Veterinarians already provide written prescriptions to owners when they ask for them. A law would be redundant.
2) Because veterinarians cannot buy in bulk like the large corporations, we would have severely decreased income.
3) Due to decreased income, other prices would need to increase and this could negatively affect owner's decisions regarding necessary patient care. It would also affect salaried employees in that their salaries and benefits would potentially be decreased. Clients would lose the close patient-owner-veterinarian bond and would not make as well-informed choices. Decreased income would negatively affect quality of medicine and services offered to provide the best patient care available. Lack of funding would preclude buying of the latest and safest equipment such as digital x-rays, ultrasound machines, etc needed to provide high quality medicine.
4) As answered above in number 1: Veterinarians already provide written prescriptions. There is no evidence that this law is needed or required.
5) The risks involved are inappropriate dosing or substitution of medications. Also, some medications are formulated outside the country and may be contaminated, have less strict manufacturing measures, or be expired when the owner receives them.