Submission Number: 560891-00175
Received: 8/24/2012 10:57:02 PM
Commenter: Glen Ritter
Organization: Northwest La.Vet. Med. Association
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
In the state of Louisiana it is already in our practice act to provide a prescription for a pet if requested by an owner. To give the client a prescription, just to have them return it to us so they can have the medication to start treatment as soon as they arrive home, this is just extra paper work for us and requires more time for the client. This is not like having children. People can not stop on the way home to pick up the prescription, they can not leave the pet in a hot car. Children are allowed in stores. So they get home, feed the kids and forget to get their medication filled. This just isn't good medicine. Veterinarians have been at the top of most trusted professions for many years. We work hard to be price competitive with other sources and we carry products that have been tested and approved by the FDA. If you investigate the pharmacies that want us to provide these prescriptions you will find they only have human generics that are not approved by the FDA to treat any animal species. The FDA only allows approved drugs to be sold for use in animals unless there is not an approved drug to treat a condition. So what we have here is a Catch 22. Big Box Pharmacies want the prescriptions written but they do not carry legally acquired FDA approved drugs to treat animals. Note I said legally acquired, the major pharmaceutical companies want their products handled through licensed veterinarians. Where these pharmacies are currently acquiring product, no one will say. Is it diverted by unethical veterinarians, purchased over seas or from China. The FDA itself issued a Buyer Beware Warning about buying on the internet, because you do not know what you are getting. So it will be ok for Big Box Pharmacies to do this and I have to send a prescription for my client's pet, hoping they remember to get it filled on time and if they do, that it will be legally acquired product. Let the states govern veterinary medicine in their states and have them make the public aware that they can request a prescription. Let the veterinarians discuss the pros and cons on using approved FDA animal products verses human generics and illegally acquired products. Veterinarians only want what is best for the pet and are always willing to help a client get needed treatment for their pet.