Submission Number: 560891-00182
Received: 8/27/2012 6:47:48 PM
Commenter: Matthew Taylor
Organization: Prestonwood Animal Clinic
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
It is my understanding that the proposed bill will not just allow but require the veterinarian to verify electronic prescriptions for a pet. I have a serious concern regarding the use and potential for abuse of electronioc prescriptions. We as veterinarians do not have the time or training required to investigate the legitamacy or ability of any pharmacy to correctly fill veterinary prescriptions other than the ones we ourselves control in our clinics and on our websites. The pet for whom I write or authorized a prescription is my charge, and I need to know that that pet is receiving accurate and legitimate veterinary medication. I have no problem providing a client with a written prescription; however, as soon as that prescription leaves my clinic I have no more control over the ability of an outside pharmacy to fill it correctly. This fact poses concerns regarding the ability of human health pharmacists filling veterinary health prescriptions as well as concerns that the veterinarian is not protected within this bill for inaccurate filling of a medically correct prescription.
I do not feel that this bill is written with our animal companions well being at the forefront, and as a veterinarian our patients must come first.